His backhand may not have been up to par, but the rest of Juan Martin del Potro’s game looked awfully sharp in a 61, 64 win last night over Denis Kudla in the first round of the Delray Beach Open.
Del Potro was playing his first match in almost a year following a third surgery on his left wrist last summer.
Overall, the 27-year-old was pleased with his performance.
“I think winning a match after 11 months is the gift of the tournament for me,” del Potro said. “I’m so excited to keep working because I’m feeling if I do well and if I stay healthy my tennis will be behind me and maybe I can be dangerous one day again.
“I was nervous before the match and excited to see how my forehands and serves were going to be on court. I knew how my backhand would be, I’m still working and improving to have a very good backhand to compete in this level. For me it’s like winning a very important match in my career.”
Del Potro will have a day off before returning tomorrow to face John-Patrick Smith.
The tournament has already lost its top 3 seeds with No. 1 Kevin Anderson retiring with a should, No. 2 Bernard Tomic losing to Rajeev Ram and No. 3 and defending champion Ivo Karlovic upset on Monday.
No. 4 Grigor Dimitrov, who is coached by del Potro’s former guy Franco Davin, is the highest remaining.
He makes a fan very happy!
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