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Juan Martin del Potro advances

Updated: February 21, 2013, 6:13 PM ET
Associated Press

MARSEILLE, France -- Defending champion Juan Martin del Potro beat Michael Llodra 3-6, 7-6 (4), 7-5 to reach the Open 13 quarterfinals on Thursday.

Del Potro had 14 aces and saved nine of the 10 break points he faced as he was pushed all the way by the veteran Frenchman in a rematch of last year's final.

"It was very, very tough. It shows the level of the tournament is so high," del Potro said. "I think I played a very good level at the end of the match. He played well throughout ...

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