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Cincinnati Open: Grigor Dimitrov beats Juan Martin Del Potro for first time to reach quarter-final

Cincinnati Open: Grigor Dimitrov beats Juan Martin Del Potro for first time to reach quarter-final

The seventh-seeded Bulgarian advanced to his eighth ATP World Tour Masters 1000 quarter-final with a 6-3 7-5 victory over Del Potro, who struggled with the intense heat in the closing stages of the one hour 39 minute match.

Enjoy the good life, Juan Martin Del Potro advices Novak Djokovic

Enjoy the good life, Juan Martin Del Potro advices Novak Djokovic

Del Potro, the 2009 US Open champion from Argentina who has endured long absences while battling nagging wrist injuries, knows all too well the challenge Djokovic faces after announcing last week he would miss the remainder of the year with an elbow injury.

Wimbledon 2017: Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic to take centre court at All England Club today

Wimbledon 2017: Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic to take centre court at All England Club today

Angelique Kerber, the 2016 runner-up to Serena Williams, has endured a poor Slam season, losing in the fourth round at the Australian Open and then suffering a first-round loss at Roland Garros to Ekaterina Makarova. It was the first time a top seed had lost in the opening round in Paris.

Queen's 2017: Injury-cursed Juan Martin del Potro out of Aegon Championships

Del Potro`s withdrawal follows that of French Open champion Rafael Nadal, who wants to rest before Wimbledon gets underway on July 3.

French Open 2017, Day 7: Andy Murray downs Juan Martin del Potro, French women in grudge match

French Open 2017, Day 7: Andy Murray downs Juan Martin del Potro, French women in grudge match

Murray, the runner-up to Novak Djokovic in 2016, will next face either John Isner of the United States or Russia`s Karen Khachanov.

Rome Masters: Novak Djokovic on track for French Open, sets up Juan Martin del Potro final clash

Rome Masters: Novak Djokovic on track for French Open, sets up Juan Martin del Potro final clash

Djokovic, beaten in the final by Britain`s Andy Murray last year, will now face Juan Martin del Potro in the quarters after the unseeded Argentinian`s third round 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 win over Japanese seventh seed Kei Nishikori.

Mexico Open: Novak Djokovic battles into Acapulco quarter-finals with win over Juan Martin del Potro

Mexico Open: Novak Djokovic battles into Acapulco quarter-finals with win over Juan Martin del Potro

Top-seeded Djokovic, had to dig deep against former US Open champion del Potro after falling a break down in the third set.

 

Delray Beach Open final: Jack Sock takes second ATP title of 2017 as injured Milos Raonic withdraws

Delray Beach Open final: Jack Sock takes second ATP title of 2017 as injured Milos Raonic withdraws

Sock said that Raonic notified him personally about the withdrawal shortly before he was to warm up for the match.

Milos Raonic downs Juan Martin del Potro to book Delray Beach Open title clash with Jack Sock

Milos Raonic downs Juan Martin del Potro to book Delray Beach Open title clash with Jack Sock

Despite some shaky moments, Raonic fought off a set point in the second-set tiebreaker and closed out the match with his 17th ace of the night to advance to the meeting with Sock, a 6-4, 7-6 (7/2) winner over fellow American Donald Young.

Delray Open: Juan Martin Del Potro beats Damir Dzumhur, books quarter-final clash with Sam Querrey

Delray Open: Juan Martin Del Potro beats Damir Dzumhur, books quarter-final clash with Sam Querrey

Argentina`s Del Potro, the 2011 Delray Beach champion playing just his second match of 2017, held on to beat the 24-year-old Bosnian 7-6 (7/5), 4-6, 6-3.

Delray Open: Top seed Milos Raonic beats Croatia`s Borna Coric, advances into quarter-finals

Delray Open: Top seed Milos Raonic beats Croatia`s Borna Coric, advances into quarter-finals

Raonic, who reached the tie-breaker with his 11th ace and reached match point with his last ace, booked a Friday quarter-final matchup against British eighth seed Kyle Edmund,

Davis Cup: Serbia advance into quarter-finals; clash between Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal possible

Davis Cup: Serbia advance into quarter-finals; clash between Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal possible

Nadal was sitting out the trip to Croatia after reaching the Australian Open final last weekend but would be certain to return to face a Djokovic.

Usain Bolt, Cristiano Ronaldo, Andy Murray among top contenders for World Sportsman of the Year award

Usain Bolt, Cristiano Ronaldo, Andy Murray among top contenders for World Sportsman of the Year award

The winners, as voted for by members of the Laureus World Sports Academy, will be revealed in Monaco on February 14.

Qatar Open: Andy Murray registers his 25th straight win, beats Jeremy Chardy in straight sets

Qatar Open: Andy Murray registers his 25th straight win, beats Jeremy Chardy in straight sets

In 2016, the Briton not only remained unbeaten but won five consecutive titles and snatched the world`s number one spot from Novak Djokovic.

Australian Open: Juan Martin del Potro withdraws from season opening Grand Slam citing fitness issues

Australian Open: Juan Martin del Potro withdraws from season opening Grand Slam citing fitness issues

The announcement came a month after del Potro staged an incredible comeback to down world number six Marin Cilic of Croatia in an epic five-setter to win Davis Cup.

Juan Martin del Potro likely to miss Australian open due to injury

Juan Martin del Potro likely to miss Australian open due to injury

Having been plagued by injury problems, he enjoyed an unexpectedly good 2016 season, having recovered from a third wrist operation early in the year.

Davis Cup 2016: After Juan Martin del Potro's epic fightback, Federico Delbonis seals Argentina`s maiden title

Davis Cup 2016: After Juan Martin del Potro's epic fightback, Federico Delbonis seals Argentina`s maiden title

Del Potro, who rallied from behind to overcome Andy Murray in a five-set epic in the semi-final, displayed more remarkable resilience and produced an outrageous `tweener` to begin the third set.

Davis Cup: Diego Maradona attends Juan Martin Del Potro's victory over Ivo Karlovic

Davis Cup: Diego Maradona attends Juan Martin Del Potro's victory over Ivo Karlovic

Del Potro was rock solid, allowing the Croat not one break point in the entire match which kept the 15,000-capacity crowd enthalled for three hours and 19 minutes.

Davis Cup Final: Friends clash as Argentina face Croatia in Zagreb

Davis Cup Final: Friends clash as Argentina face Croatia in Zagreb

Croatia, who have chosen a medium-slow court at the Zagreb Arena, have won it once -- defeating Slovakia to be crowned Davis Cup champions in 2005.