Del Potro advances into round two in Basel, Mayer out

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Juan Martin Del Potro fought through injury troubles to defeat Alejandro Falla in straight sets. The Vienna champion wasn’t at his best but did enough for a 6-4 6-1 victory. After Del Potro missed two break points for a 3-0 lead he was immediately punished for his wastefulness as Falla tied the match up instead at 2-2, taking the fourth break point opportunity in game four. Del Potro had missed break points at 3-3 but would not be denied next time round, breaking to serve for the set, which he did so to love.

The trainer was called to attend to the Argentinian, but thankfully not for the wrist that has plagued his career to date. It appears that he was attending to a back issue as a precautionary measure. It didn’t seem to affect him much in the second set, as he broke three times including the opening game of the set to move into the next round where he faces Brian Baker.

Marinko Matosevic recovered from a slow start against Florian Mayer to comprehensively defeat the German in straight sets 6-2 6-3. An early break to love wasn’t the ideal start but Matosevic kept calm and would reel off four straight games to take a break lead with only two more break points keeping him from making it five. A hold to love would be followed by another a break for Matosevic to take the first set. An early break in set 2 would be enough for Matosevic who lost just four points on his first serve in the set. He will play Kevin Anderson in round two.

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