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SHANGHAI---Rafael Nadal lost his first match since
reclaiming the No 1 ranking this week, falling to a
resurgent Juan Martin del Potro 6-2, 6-4 in the
Shanghai Masters semifinals yesterday.
The fifth-ranked del Potro will try to win his first
Masters title today against top-seeded Novak Djokovic,
who defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the other semifinal
Del Potro hadn t
beaten Nadal since the
semifinals of the 2009
US Open where the
Argentine went on to
win his only Grand
But del Potro is
playing fully fit and
with confidence ---he s
coming off a win last
week at the Japan
Open that returned
him to the top five in
the rankings for the
first time in three
He completely over-
powered Nadal with his
deep, punishing ground-
strokes and fended off
all six break points he
Nadal s serve, on the
other hand, was under
threat for the entire
match. After not drop-
ping serve in 28 games this week, the Spaniard was
broken twice to start the match as del Potro raced
out to 4-0.
Del Potro started to make a few mistakes in the
second set, giving Nadal two chances to break in the
second game. But the Argentine saved both with
huge serves and put the pressure right back on Nadal,
breaking him for a third time in the following game.
"I played so solid all the time, hitting so hard the
ball. I saw Rafa playing very far off the baseline,
which is good for my game, for my serve and con-
fidence. That s the way to beat this guy," del Potro
Nadal said he hadn t seen del Potro play this well
in years. Or anyone, for that matter.
"Very few times I played against a player with a
level like today I played against," the Spaniard said.
"At the end, I played against a player who served 80
percent of first serves, who hit every ball as hard as
he can, I think, and with no mistakes." (AP)
by del Potro
OSAKA---Samantha Stosur swept past American
teenager Madison Keys and into the final of the
Japan Open after a powerful performance in Osaka
Australian Stosur, the No 3 seed and winner of
this tournament four years ago, held all of her service
games and gave Keys barely a chance of progressing
in her first WTA semi-final, winning 6-1, 6-2.
Stosur faces another teenager, Eugenie Bouchard,
in Sunday s showpiece after the Canadian defeated
Japan s Kurumi Nara 6-2, 6-2. It will be Stosur s
17th Tour final but the first of Bouchard s career.
Stosur to face Bouchard
in Japan Open finale
Kerber, Ivanovic reach final in Linz
LINZ---Two-time former champion Ana
Ivanovic defeated Stefanie Voegele of
Switzerland 6-4, 6-4 yesterday to set up
a final against top-seeded Angelique Ker-
ber at the Generali Ladies in Austria.
Kerber overpowered Carla Suarez Navar-
ro of Spain 6-2, 6-0 to reach her second
final of the season. The 10th-ranked Ger-
man was beaten by Petra Kvitova of Czech
Republic in the Tokyo final two weeks ago.
The former top-ranked Ivanovic won
the event in 2008 and 10 and holds nine
more WTA titles, but this will be the Serb s
first final of the season.
Ivanovic is 3-1 against Kerber, but the
German won their most recent match in
straight sets in Tokyo last month. Kerber
is eyeing her third career title.
"It wasn t an easy draw for me so I am
happy to get though," said Ivanovic, who
didn t concede a set in the previous rounds
against Yanina Wickmayer, Francesca Schi-
avone and Dominika Cibulkova. "I am still
looking for more consistency."
The opening set against Voegele went
with serve until Ivanovic broke her 58th-
ranked opponent in the ninth game.
Ivanovic dropped serve early in the second
set but dominated the remainder of the
Voegele upset second-seeded Sloane
Stephens of the United States in the quar-
terfinals. Earlier, Kerber used two breaks
for a 3-2 lead in the opening set against
Suarez Navarro and didn t concede a game
afterward. Kerber dominated with strong
ground strokes, forcing Suarez Navarro to
a total of 16 baseline errors.
The fourth-seeded Suarez Navarro, who
hadn t lost a set getting to the semifinals,
defeated Kerber in the fourth round of the
US Open last month.
Argentina's Juan Martin del
Potro celebrates his win over
Spain's Rafael Nadal during
a semifinal match for the
Shanghai Masters tennis
tournament at the Qizhong
Forest Sports City Tennis
Center in Shanghai, China
yesterday. AP PHOTO
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