Two-time tournament champion Juan Martin del Potro got off to a positive start in Basel easing past the ailing Robin Haase 6-3, 6-4 to advance to a second round showdown against David Goffin.
“This year is very special,” I’m just trying to enjoy all my matches,” del Potro said. “My wrist is OK. My biggest goal for this year is to finish healthy and then, if I’m still winning matches, that would be great.”
Post-Wimbledon, the 42nd-ranked del Potro is 16-3 and he’s won his last six matches.
Goffin, who had a day off today, beat del Potro earlier this month in three sets in Shanghai.
In other first round play, Jack Sock continued his good run beating Adrian Mannarino, Mischa Zverev ousted Taylor Fritz and Guido Pella got through after Richard Gasquet had to retire due to an abdominal injury in the second set.
Also, Kei Nishikori advanced to the quarterfinals with a 7-6(3), 6-2 victory over Paolo Lorenzi.
On Thursday, top seed and home favorite Stan Wawrinka is back to face American qualifier Donald Young and fellow US Open Marin Cilic is also on court against Pablo Carreno Busta.
THURSDAY BASEL SCHEDULE
CENTRE COURT start 1:00 pm
 J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) vs T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR)
Not Before 3:00 pm
 M. Cilic (CRO) vs P. Carreno Busta (ESP)
Not Before 5:00 pm
 D. Goffin (BEL) vs [WC] J. del Potro (ARG)
Not Before 7:00 pm
 S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs [Q] D. Young (USA)
[Q] M. Zverev (GER) vs G. Pella (ARG)
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