Sport24.co.za | Del Potro ends four-year clay-court wait

Munich – Juan Martin del Potro has won consecutive clay-court matches for the first time in four years by seeing off Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 to make the Munich quarter-finals on Thursday.

The injury-plagued Argentine, who was the 2009 US Open champion, broke serve seven times. The last time Del Potro won consecutive matches on clay was at the 2012 French Open.

He will face fourth seed Philipp Kohlschreiber, who defeated fellow German Florian Mayer 6-4, 6-4 for a spot in the semifinals.

“My movement on the court isn’t the best right now, but the important part is to win matches on clay for the first time in many years,” said Del Potro who holds a 6-0 lead in career meetings against Kohlschreiber.

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