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Result: Juan Martin del Potro into US Open second round

Juan Martin del Potro defeats Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3 6-7[5] 6-4 7-6[7] in the first round of the US Open.

Juan Martin del Potro has advanced to the second round of the US Open thanks to a four-set victory over Guillermo Garcia-Lopez at Flushing Meadows.

The match suffered as a result of two long rain delays, but the Argentine progressed in four hours and 13 minutes, setting up a second-round match with Lleyton Hewitt.

After winning the first set 6-3, Del Potro dropped a second set after losing tiebreaker 7-5. However, he managed to restore his lead by winning the third set 6-4.

The former champion displayed awesome power and recovered well from a break down in the fourth as the Spaniard battled to force a decider.

For the second time in the match a tiebreaker was needed to separate the pair, but this time it was Del Potro who won 9-7 on his fourth match point.

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