For Juan Martin del Potro, this season has seen an inspiring climb in the world. The second seed from Argentina continued his run with a 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) win against American James Blake in the second round of the $700,000 Farmers Classic, a United States Open Series event.
Titled as low as 484th on February 7, del Potro has risen to a present ranking of 19th thanks in part to titles at Delray Beach and Estoril. He as well has not lost an opening-round match at some tournament the entire year and he continued that Wednesday.
Marcos Baghdatis, the third seed was upset by Yen-Hsun Lu, with 6-3, 6-4. Lu is best player of Chinese Taipei, ranked 76th. He is coming off his first quarterfinal of the year in the previous week in Atlanta.
The quarterfinal opponent of Lu will be 19-year-old Ryan Harrison, who overturned colleague American Michael Russel, 6-3, 6-4 at the Los Angeles Tennis Center at UCLA. Harrison was in the semifinals in the previous week in Atlanta.
Following the quarterfinals for del Potro will be Ernests Gulbis of Latvia, who conquered American qualifier Daniel Kosakowski, with 6-2, 6-4.
The remaining second-round competitions will be played Thursday, emphasized by top seed Mardy Fish facing Gilles Muller of Luxembourg.
The Los Angeles champion of 2011 will receive $113,000.