Del Potro shines in Rotterdam

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IOL pic feb13 tennis del potro Reuters (File image) Juan Martin Del Potro

Rotterdam - Second seed Juan Martin Del Potro, aiming to go one better than his runner-up finish at last year's World Indoor Tournament, eased past Frenchman Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-4 in the first round on Tuesday.

The world number seven was in command from the moment he broke serve in the second game.

“I chose to approach the net a lot and that went well for me,” Del Potro told reporters.

“I needed to do that against Gael who is definitely on his way back. It won't take him long before he is battling for a top-10 spot again,” added the Argentine who was beaten 6-1, 6-4 by Roger Federer in last year's final in Rotterdam.

Monfils is on the comeback trail after an injury-plagued campaign last season during which he dropped outside the top-100 for the first time since 2005.

“I'm disappointed. Not only because of the defeat but because I had chances in this match,” said the Frenchman. “But overall the body and legs feel great and I know I am improving.”

Russian Mikhail Youzhny sustained a back injury against Dutchman Thiemo de Bakker and had to pull out at 4-1 down in the third and final set. - Reuters

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