Del Potro wins 1st match at French Open since 2012

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The 18th seeded Australian downed German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3.

Del Potro made the semi-finals in 2009 and the last eight in 2012 - losing five-setters to Roger Federer on each occasion - before his career was hampered by serious wrist injuries.

There was a heartbreaking scene at Roland Garros during the French Open on Thursday when Nicolás Almagro was forced to withdraw from his match against Juan Martín del Potro.

The Argentine, a former US Open champion who lost to Murray in the Rio Olympics final before beating him in the Davis Cup, was gifted a free pass into the next round after the Spaniard's knee gave way in the third set with the score at 1-1.

If one were to tabulate which of the four Majors Juan Martin del Potro has under-performed in, it would be the French Open. "It's the first time that I have won four titles and two big ones so it's given me a lot of confidence".

(AP Photo/Michel Euler). Taiwan's Su-Wei Hsieh celebrates winning her first round match against Britain's Johanna Konta in three sets, 1-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4, at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France.

"Today I got lucky because I felt not good enough in my body", he said. I mean, I'm still No. 4 in the race to London and I'm still doing OK this year. He hit his trademark one-handed backhand long on numerous instances or netted them while trying to keep the points short against Kovalik who was making his French Open debut.

"What don't I like about clay?" "This is what really bothered me".

"I now have one and a half day to feel better".

"I also don't like how my shoes get dirty". "I try not to make things too complicated, and I try not to set long-term objectives".

Monday, Jan. 16, 2017 file photo Slovakia's Martin Klizan serves to Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia.

The 2015 champion fought off a pair of set points in the second-set tie break then cruised through the third set against the 152nd-ranked qualifier.

Wawrinka and Dolgopolov broke each other once early in the first set and both players aggressively looked for quick winners with their rallies lasting an average of 2.8 shots.

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