World No. eight Del Potro prolonged his win streak over the Spaniard to 5 straight matches, profitable 6-Four, 7-6 (7/Three) on the ATP Tour hardcourt match right here Tuesday.
The 29-year-old Del Potro improved to 7-6 total in opposition to Ferrer and his 5 consecutive victories date again to the 2013 Wimbledon quarter-finals.
“We at all times play robust matches. I bought fortunate,” mentioned Del Potro. “I performed very well within the tiebreak and served nicely within the vital moments.”
Del Potro will subsequent face fellow Argentinian Leonardo Mayer, who defeated Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel 6-Four, 6-1.
Del Potro is taking part in a few of his finest tennis in years as he improved to 13-Three on the season. In January he returned the highest 10 for the primary time since 2014.
He’s recent off profitable his 21st profession title earlier this month in Acapulco when he steamrolled his means into the ultimate by beating three high 10 gamers in a row.
He capped off his Acapulco run by beating South Africa’s Kevin Anderson 6-Four, 6-Four within the championship sport.
Del Potro, the 2013 Indian Wells finalist, hammered six aces and received 87 % of his first-serve factors within the one hour, 46-minute match in opposition to Ferrer.
He says he’s wanting to get again to the ultimate and raise the trophy within the California desert.
“It’s one in every of my desires to win this title. I’ve been within the remaining and the semis however I’ve by no means held the trophy,” he mentioned.
Elsewhere, world quantity three Cilic grew to become one other high seed casualty, shedding in straight units to Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-Four, 6-Four.
The 29-year-old Cilic, who reached the finals of two of the final three Grand Slams, dropped to a document of 10-Four on the season.
Kohlschreiber advances to the fourth spherical the place he’ll play unseeded Pierre-Hugues Herbert who received his third-round match when fellow Frenchman Gael Monfils retired within the second set with a decrease again damage.
Cilic blasted 5 aces however could not overcome Kohlschreiber’s sturdy serving sport. The German received 76 % of his first serve factors and broke Cilic’s serve twice, as soon as in every set.
Kohlschreiber mentioned he tried to get the match over as rapidly as potential.
“I felt good. I performed aggressive. I performed nicely within the essential moments and on the massive factors,” Kohlschreiber mentioned. “I feel one other key issue was that it was a two-set win.”
Kohlschreiber is now 7-Four total in opposition to Cilic. He has received three out of their final 4 conferences, together with a straight set victory within the remaining in Munich on clay in 2012. He received their first assembly on hardcourt in Moscow in 2007.