Nick Kyrgios, Del Potro marches ahead in French Open tennis
Temperamental Nick Kyrgios and Juan Martin del Potro scored contrasting wins in French Open tennis. Del Potro made a successful return to Paris claytennis Updated: May 30, 2017 18:06 IST
Nick Kyrgios kept his combustible nature in check to reach the French Open second round on Tuesday. The 18th seeded Australian downed German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3.
The 22-year-old fired an impressive 20 aces and 40 winners and goes on to face either Kevin Anderson of South Africa or Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri for a place in the last 32.
Juan Martin del Potro made a successful return to Roland Garros after a five-year absence on Tuesday, setting aside injury concerns to sail through 6-2 6-1 6-4 against fellow Argentine Guido Pella.
The 29th seed, whose career has been plagued by injury, only confirmed his participation in this year’s French Open on Friday after suffering shoulder and back problems.
Del Potro, who reached the French Open semi-finals in 2009, moved across court six with no apparent signs of discomfort, sending down 13 aces in outclassing qualifier Pella in just under two hours.
Tuesday’s match was Del Potro’s first on the Paris clay since 2012, when he lost in the quarter-finals to Roger Federer.