Del Potro will face second-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy, a 6-4, 6-2 victor over British left-hander Cameron Norrie in the first semifinal.
Italian Fabio Fognini stunned Juan Martin del Potro 6-4, 6-2 on Saturday to win the Abierto de Tenis Mifel presentado por Cinemex title in Los Cabos.
Fognini was one of the clay-loving players who returned to the red stuff after Wimbledon, and duly won the Bastad title, having won in Sao Paulo at the beginning of March.
In their third meeting, in the qualifying for the Italian Open in 2007, Fognini won by virtue of a del Potro retirement.
The Argentinian had started the championship match strongly, breaking Fognini and winning the first three games on the bounce.
Del Potro was unable to create any breathing room in the "breaker" and even needed to produce a backhand down-the-line passing shot victor to stave off a set point. Fognini returned everything in play and took his chances with Del Potro's second serve, winning 71 per cent of those points (15/21).
The 31-year-old lost the first three games against Argentine world No.4 del Potro before he stormed his way to four breaks of serve to win 12 of the last 15 games. He will also partner del Potro in the doubles to lock horns with compatriot Marco Cecchinato and Damir Dzumhur. "But, in many ways I'm looking forward to keep playing better and better in the next tournaments". He played a very smart game. "I took my chances to win and I'm glad to reach another final this season".
But Fognini showed another level against Del Potro and added another accolade to what is quietly becoming one of his best years on tour.
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