Djokovic reaches title round

Serbian cruises past childhood rival Kavcic to storm into semifinals

Argentine Juan Martin del Potro jubilates after putting out top-seeded Robin Soderling of Sweden in the  quarterfinal of the Estoril Open in Portugal on Friday. AFP

Djokovic, who will enter Sunday's final with a 26-0 record in 2011 after winning four tournaments in a row including the Australian Open in January, meets Feliciano Lopez after the Spaniard beat Italy's Filippo Volandri 7-6, 6-2. Tipsarevic said after the quarterfinals he was looking forward to battle with close friend Djokovic, but the injury he sustained in a strength-sapping win over Somdev Devvarman will also force him to miss next week's Madrid Masters.

"Tipsarevic was forced to withdraw from the tournament with a right leg injury and the world number 36 will also skip the Madrid Masters next week," the Serbia Open organisers said on their website (www.serbiaopen.rs).

Del Potro in final

Juan Martin del Potro beat Pablo Cuevas 6-2, 7-6 (6) to enter the Estoril Open men’s final on Saturday and Medina Garrigues of Spain won the rain-delayed women’s title match.
Del Potro saved a set point in the tiebreaker before converting his first match point. The 2009 US Open champion from Argentina will play his second final of the season against either Fernando Verdasco of Spain, who made it to the summit clash when Milos Raonic of Canada retired in the semifinal. Verdasco was leading 6-4 when his opponent conceded the match.

Del Potro dropped only six points on his first serve and hit four aces, while his Uruguayan opponent was unable to convert a single break chance. Del Potro broke Cuevas’ serve twice in the first set, but failed on eight break chances in the second as his 65th-ranked opponent took the set to a tiebreaker.

Del Potro, playing his first clay-court event of the season, won in Delray Beach in February in his comeback from wrist surgery last year.

Garrigues beat Kristina Barrois of Germany 6-1, 6-2 to capture her 10th WTA title. The 61st-ranked Medina Garrigues was leading 3-2 in the second set when rain interrupted the match.

The break didn’t rattle Medina Garrigues, who dropped just seven points on first serve and broke her opponent six times to capture her ninth clay-court event, matching Venus Williams’ record among active players.

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