Rotterdam, The Netherlands (SportsNetwork.com) - Top seed and
defending champion Juan Martin del Potro and second seed and former
titlist Andy Murray each came up quarterfinal losers Friday at the $1.85
million ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament.
Capable Latvian Ernests Gulbis took down the tall Argentine star del Potro
6-3, 6-4, while hot Marin Cilic, fresh off his indoor title in Zagreb in his
native Croatia last week, toppled Murray 6-3, 6-4 on the indoor hardcourts at
"It's nice to have beaten the defending champion, but actually it doesn't
matter to me who won last year or 10 years ago," Gulbis said after dismissing
del Potro. "I'm through to the semifinals, and that's the most important."
Del Potro, who took a medical timeout after the first set, is on the mend from
a wrist injury. The former U.S. Open champ beat Frenchman Julien Benneteau
in last year's finale and was the Rotterdam runner-up in 2012. The reigning
Wimbledon champion Murray titled here back in 2009.
Murray hasn't reached a final anywhere since capturing his first Wimbledon
title last July.
Also on Day 5, third-seeded Tomas Berdych came from behind to beat 6-foot-8
Pole Jerzy Janowicz, 6-7 (9-11), 6-2, 6-4, and secure a berth in Saturday's
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