While Novak Djokovic enjoyed a straightforward win in his opener, Juan Martin del Potro had to go the distance to set up a tasty second round showdown tonight in Acapulco against the Serb.
Del Potro had to fight hard to deny 19-year-old American Frances Tiafoe 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(1), winning seven of the last eight points of the match.
In his Acapulco debut, Djokovic overcame a 4-2 deficit int he second in a 6-3, 7-6(3) victory over Martin Klizan.
“I wasn’t expecting an easy match, that’s for sure,” Djokovic said. “I haven’t played an official tour match since Australia, one Davis Cup only.
“Overall it was a good performance. It was a tough second set, up and down. It’s exactly what I needed in this moment to test myself and my game.”
Djokovic leads del Potro 11-4 but the Argentine won their last meeting at the Rio Olympics last summer.
“He deserved all the success he’s had, especially because the past couple of years he was not playing much because of injury,” Djokovic said. “He brings excitement to tennis because he has a big game, a big serve. He’s somebody we can call a big-match player.”
The two will meet at 10pm local time in Acapulco tonight.
Two-time champion Rafael Nadal rolled in his opener beating Mischa Zverev 6-4, 6-3. Nadal faces Paolo Lorenzi later today.
Nick Kyrgios and Dominic Thiem were also winners. Yoshihito Nishioka upset Jack Sock.
WEDNESDAY ACAPULCO SCHEDULE
CANCHA CENTRAL start 4:00 pm
WTA – [WC] D. Hantuchova (SVK) vs  M. Puig (PUR)
Not Before 6:00 pm
ATP – B. Coric (CRO) vs  M. Cilic (CRO)
ATP – P. Lorenzi (ITA) vs  R. Nadal (ESP)
Not Before 10:00 pm
ATP –  [WC] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs J. del Potro (ARG)
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