Juan Martin del Potro happy with "big battle" victory

Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina celebrates his win over Feliciano Lopez of Spain during the Western & Southern Open on August 15, 2013
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Juan Martin del Potro is happy after taking over four hours to advance from the first round of the US Open.

World number six Juan Martin del Potro has expressed his delight after advancing to the second round of the US Open on Thursday.

The Argentine progressed after a four-set victory over Guillermo Garcia-Lopez at Flushing Meadows.

Having required four hours and 13 minutes to seal the win, Del Potro is pleased with the triumph.

"I felt good because I won a big battle for the first round," Del Potro told reporters.

"Of course, he's a very tough opponent. He played so solid on the baseline. We played every time long rallies. I had to make three or four winners in the same point to win the point.

"But it was really close for me. I think I was lucky maybe in the fourth set when I come back after being a break down. But I'm okay. I feel good with my level. My forehand was good. My serve improved since the last tournament. That's important."

Del Potro won the Grand Slam back in 2009.

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