Del Potro doubt­ful for semi-fi­nal clash with Fed­erer

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Juan Martin del Potro could be forced out of his Shang­hai Masters semi-fi­nal against Roger Fed­erer to­day af­ter fall­ing and hurt­ing his wrist in his vic­tory over Vik­tor Troicki.

If the Ar­gen­tinian does miss out, it will be just the lat­est in­jury heart­break for the 29-year-old, who has had four pre­vi­ous op­er­a­tions on his wrists.

The 2009 US Open cham­pion clam­bered off the court floor to knock out Serb Troicki 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 in the quar­ter-fi­nals yes­ter­day.

But 16th seed del Potro, who has suf­fered years of wrist in­juries that have threat­ened his ca­reer, took a nasty tum­ble at 2-2 in the de­cid­ing set and most of the weight of his body ended up on his out­stretched left hand.

Im­me­di­ately af­ter bat­tling to vic­tory, he was off to see a doc­tor to have the in­jury looked at.

“I felt some­thing wrong in that mo­ment, but I con­tin­ued to play with slices to try to fin­ish the match, but now it’s time to look at the MRI scan and also see what the doc­tor says,” del Potro said.

“I’m a lit­tle wor­ried, but I know how to deal with all of th­ese things as I have been through them in the past, but I will see what the doc­tor says now and then we will take a de­ci­sion for to­mor­row.

“Of course I would like to play, I would like to be 100 per cent, but we will see what’s hap­pened.”

Fed­erer, 36, was rel­a­tively un­trou­bled as he eased to a 7-5, 6-4 vic­tory over un­seeded French­man Richard Gas­quet yes­ter­day.

Rafael Nadal will play Marin Cilic in the other semi-fi­nal af­ter the world No. 1 was forced to fight past Grigor Dim­itrov 6-4, 6-7 (4/7), 6-3.

Nadal, who has never won the Shang­hai show­piece, is chas­ing a sev­enth ti­tle in a bril­liant sea­son and a hat­trick of tri­umphs on the trot, hav­ing been crowned US Open and China Open cham­pion in re­cent weeks.

“Very happy, it was a very tough match, both of us played a very high level of ten­nis,” said the 31-year-old Spa­niard.

Mean­while, Maria Shara­pova equalled her best per­for­mance since re­turn­ing from a dop­ing sus­pen­sion as she breezed into the Tian­jin Open semi­fi­nals yes­ter­day.

The Rus­sian eas­ily de­feated Swiss qual­i­fier Ste­fanie Voegele 6-3, 6-1 and the for­mer world No. 1 will face China’s Peng Shuai in the last four.

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