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Delray Beach Open: Del Potro wins first match in 11 months

Juan Martin del Potro made a winning return to tennis on Tuesday after a 11-month injury layoff, romping past American Denis Kudla in straight sets in the first round of the Delray Beach Open.

tennis Updated: Feb 17, 2016 09:21 IST
Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro celebrates after defeating the US' Denis Kudla in their match at the Delray Beach Open in Delray Beach, Florida, on February 16, 2016.
Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro celebrates after defeating the US' Denis Kudla in their match at the Delray Beach Open in Delray Beach, Florida, on February 16, 2016. (Reuters Photo)

Juan Martin del Potro made a winning return to tennis on Tuesday after a 11-month injury layoff, romping past American Denis Kudla in straight sets in the first round of the Delray Beach Open.

The injury-plagued 27-year-old Argentine faced an uncertain future after missing most of last year with a wrist problem which required two separate bouts of surgery.

But del Potro, aiming to resurrect a burgeoning career which included a 2009 US Open championship victory, showed no signs of rust as he overwhelmed Kudla in just over an hour.

Tuesday’s win carried an echo of a previous comeback for del Potro, who won the Delray Beach crown in 2011 when he also returned from a wrist injury.

Del Potro, who climbed to number four in the world rankings in 2010, is currently at 1,042nd in the world.

In other matches on Tuesday, top seed Kevin Anderson of South Africa tumbled out to Austin Krajicek of the United States.

Anderson retired after losing the first set tie-break 7/3.

Second seed Bernard Tomic of Australia also bit the dust, beaten in straight sets 7-6 (3), 6-1 by unheralded American Rajeev Ram to the delight of the home fans.