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DEL POTRO GETS IT DONE Querrey Makes It Three Americans In Quarterfinals By STEVE DORSEY Delray Beach, Fla. – Juan Martin Del Potro wrote another chapter Thursday night for the feel-good story of this year’s Delray Beach Open. The popular Argentine is making his return to the ATP World Tour circuit here at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center following an 11-month hiatus because of a left wrist injury that required two surgeries last year. Forty-eight hours after winning the first match of his return, Del Potro penciled his name into the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-4 win against Aussie qualifier John-Patrick Smith in front of a boisterous pro-Del Potro crowd in Thursday’s nightcap match. “It was a great atmosphere again,” Del Potro said. “I felt the energy and it was fantastic for me.” Del Potro admittedly is not his old self following the long layoff from the tour, especially from...

SMYCZEK SECOND AMERICAN INTO QUARTERFINALS French Veteran Jeremy Chardy Schools American Teen By STEVE DORSEY [frame align="left"] [/frame][frame align="right"] [/frame] Delray Beach, Fla. – Wild card Tim Smyczek rallied from a sluggish start to oust No. 7 seed Donald Young in an all-American matchup, but his wild-card compatriot Noah Rubin was sent home by No. 5 seed Frenchman Jeremy Chardy in straight sets Thursday afternoon in second-round action at the ATP World Tour’s Delray Beach Open. Chardy is one of only three seeds still alive in the 32-player singles draw. Thursday was the first time that Smyczek and Young had faced each other on the ATP World Tour, but they are no stranger to each other, having met 12 previous times on the Challenger and Futures circuits. Young won eight of those head-to-head meetings, but Smyczek’s win here is the 28-year-old American’s third in a row dating to 2013. “We know each...