del Potro emerges winner in a hard-fought match

Updated: 23 May 2011 18:58 IST

Juan Martin del Potro needed four sets and more than three hours to beat big server Ivo Karlovic 6-7 (7), 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 in the first round of the French Open on Monday.

Paris:

Juan Martin del Potro needed four sets and more than three hours to beat big server Ivo Karlovic 6-7 (7), 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 in the first round of the French Open on Monday.

The 25th-seeded Del Potro was a semifinalist at Roland Garros in 2009 - the year he won the U.S. Open - but didn't compete at the tournament last year after undergoing wrist surgery.

The right-handed Argentine made the most of Karlovic's 42 unforced errors and will next play Blaz Kavcic of Slovenia. He could then face tournament co-favorite Novak Djokovic in the third round.

Topics : Tennis Ivo Karlovic Juan Martin del Potro Andy Murray Novak Djokovic Venus Williams French Open 2011
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