Citi Open: Del Potro set for Isner showdown

Juan Martin Del Potro defeat Tommy Haas Citi Open

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Top seed Juan Martin Del Potro defeated Tommy Haas to set up a clash with John Isner in the Citi Open at Washington.

Del Potro, who won the event in both 2008 and 2009, predicted a tough battle against Haas and he was made to work in the first set.

Haas had been leading 4-1 in the opening set before the rain intervened at the William HG FitzGerald Tennis Center and the break worked in Del Porto’s favour as he bounced back to win the match 7-6 (7/4), 6-3.

Isner’s match with Dmitry Tursunov was also interrupted for over an hour due to the rain but the eighth seed still managed to book his place in the final with a 6-7 (7/9) 6-3 6-4 win.

“It’s my absolute favourite time of the year,” he said.

“It’s not a coincidence that I play and do well here in the summer, every single year.”

Meanwhile, in the ladies event Magdalena Rybarikova will face Andrea Petkovic in the final after they defeated Ekaterina Makarova and Alize Cornet respectively.

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