Originally written on Tennis Panorama  |  Last updated 11/18/14

HAMBURG, GERMANY - JULY 21: Gilles Simon of France returns the ball during the match against Daniel Brands of Germany during day two of the International German Open at Rothenbaum Tennis Centre on July 21, 2009 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)
( February 28, 2013) DUBAI – Juan Martin Del Potro reached the semifinals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships for a second straight year on Thursday when he defeated qualifier Daniel Brands 6-4, 6-2.   The pair had met just once before, in Vienna last October when Del Potro fired 30 aces and Brands 32 in a match that Del Potro won at the end of three tiebreak sets.   The first set went with serve with neither player earning a break point until, with Del Potro leading 5-4, Brands played a miserable game and dropped his serve at love to concede the set.   Brands then made a backhand error on break point to give Del Potro a 2-0 lead in the second set, and he surrendered his serve to love for a second time when down 5-2 to give Del Potro a comfortable 62-minute win.   Del Potro commented that he served better and did not face a break point but needs to play at 100% to win.   “Looks easy but wasn’t easy,” said Del Potro. “I played really well in the second set, and I take my chan...
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