Juan Martin del Potro defeats French qualifier Adrian Mannarino

Updated: 15 January 2013 13:31 IST

The sixth-seeded del Potro, who beat Rafael Nadal in the 2009 U.S. Open semifinals and Roger Federer in the final, had a strong 2012 with four titles in five finals.

Melbourne:

Former U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro has advanced to the second round of the Australian Open with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 win over French qualifier Adrian Mannarino.

The sixth-seeded del Potro, who beat Rafael Nadal in the 2009 U.S. Open semifinals and Roger Federer in the final, had a strong 2012 with four titles in five finals after recovering from the right wrist injury that kept him on the sidelines for most of 2010.

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