Juan Martin del Potro registered a relatively straight forward success over Japan’s Kei Nishikori, netting himself a place in the fourth round of SW19 2012, where he will face David Ferrer of Spain.

The ninth seed beat the nineteenth seed in straight sets, with a final score of 6-3, 7-6, 6-1. The encounter was just shy of two-and-a-half hours.

Although the first two sets were close, del Potro put up a superior display in the third, improving his first serve percentage and not hitting a single double fault. He made few unforced errors and quickly capitalised on the break points he won. Nishikori simply didn’t have the power to match his opponent, but played well in defeat and was popular with the crowd on No.1 Court.

The Argentine continues to improve at this year’s Championships and has only dropped two sets. His encounter with Ferrer in the next round could be a thriller and the head-to-head stands at 4-2 in del Potro’s favour.

James Muir

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