Del Potro sails through on French Open return after injury scare

Del Potro sails through on French Open return after injury scare
Del Potro sails through on French Open return after injury scare
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31 May, 2017

A decade ago, Russia's Dmitry Tursunov wrote in a hilarious blog for the ATP: "I think the only natural habitat for (clay) is on Mars so they should change Roland Garros to hard courts and make a clay tournament on Mars!" "I think his strategy was to force me into using the backhand, and he was able to see that it was no longer my weak point and that I was able to use my backhand quite well", del Potro said about Pella, a Davis Cup teammate.

A creaky left hip, lack of match play on clay and cracked confidence left Nick Kyrgios conceding there were major questions surrounding his status for Roland Garros.

These two have met once in the past, which was in the 2016 Chengdu Open, a match Anderson won in three sets.

The 11th-ranked Tsonga - bidding to become the first French man to win Roland Garros since Yannick Noah in 1983 - trailed Argentina's Olivo 7-5 6-4 6-7 (6-8) 5-4. Later Tuesday, Klizan played in a doubles match that he and Joao Sousa of Portugal lost in straight sets. You know, I think you get to see a more variety of shots. "I will do all the right things after this. and hopefully it keeps pulling up okay for me to play".

Commenting on Margaret Court being against same sex marriage, Kyrgios said: 'I kind of saw a little bit. This will obviously be their first time playing on clay. I served really well today at important times in the match, and I thought I just played the right style of game to win today with what I had. "Here at the beginning of my career I struggled".

"I'm doing rehab every day, which is something I don't usually do, but I'm doing like half an hour rehab on it every day".

"He was not chasing drop shots and faked that his leg was hurting for more than two sets".

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Lokoli later said Klizan was the one who did not respect him because he kept simulating injuries throughout their match.

On a day of upsets on Court Philippe Chatrier, ninth-seeded Alexander Zverev lost to Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 when their first-round match resumed.

Stan Wawrinka is safely through to the second round of the French Open after a 6-2, 7-6 (6), 6-3 win over Jozef Kovalik of Slovakia. I feel like my Grand Slam results have been pretty good.

The Australian gained the only break of the opening set in the sixth game and closed out the second set in a tiebreaker with his 14th ace.

His best result at the French Open was reaching the semifinals in 2009, just months before he won his Grand Slam title in NY.

Nick Kyrgios, seeded 18th at Roland Garros, was forced to pull out of the ATP Masters 1000 tournament in Rome with a hip problem.

The 22-year-old said he elected to accept a steady, if not constant, voice in his ear in order to "knuckle down" and bridge the gap between his current altitude (No. 19) and the very top.


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