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29 September 2010 :: 13:09:38 pm 41339

Del Porto Loses in Comeback Match at Thailand Open

Former US Open champion Juan Martin del Porto lost his comeback match against Olivier Rochus in the first round of the ATP Thailand Open in Bangkok on Tuesday.
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Bangkok, the 28th of September 2010: Sidelined for eight months because of a wrist injury, del Porto succumbed to Rochus in an entertaining match that finished 7-6 (7), 6-4.

Playing in his first ATP tour match since the Australian Open in January, del Porto put up a solid fight in the opening set, saving two break points before losing in a tiebreak.

He broke the Belgian’s serve in the second set, but lost his own serve twice to go down 6-4 in a rusty performance peppered with unforced errors for the Argentine.

Fifth seed Potro, who turns 21 tomorrow, said he was healthy now and felt disappointed by the defeat.

“It was a good match. Olivier served very good and played very well. I was disappointed that I got a chance during the tiebreak but I could not get it.

“I don’t know how long it will take for me to get back to where I was. I have to work very hard to get back to the top 10 again because there are many good players who are coming up.

Del Porto, the former world No.4 who is now ranked 36th, said he would play five or six tournaments before the end of the season with his next stops being Tokyo and then Shanghai.

In other first-round matches, German Rainer Schuettler beat Brazil’s Ricardo Mello 6-4 6-2 and Finn Jarkko Nieminen beat home favourite Danai Udomchoke 6-3 6-2.

Seeded players with byes into the second round of the $551,000 event in Bangkok are world number one Rafa Nadal and fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco, Austrian Juergen Melzer and Latvian Ernests Gulbis.

Reporter : Harry Roberts   Photo : Internet   Category : Sports News

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