Del Potro loses on return

Tue, 28 Sep 15:30:00 2010

Former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro lost his comeback match against Olivier Rochus in the first round of ATP Bangkok.

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The Argentine - who has not played an ATP Tour match since the Australian Open in January - put up a solid fight in the opening set, saving two break points before losing in a tie break.

He broke the Belgian's serve in the second set, but lost his own serve twice to go down 7-6(7) 6-4 after a rusty performance peppered with unforced errors.

Del Potro, who won the 2009 US Open, has suffered with a persistent wrist injury that has wrecked his season and forced him to go under the knife in May.

The Argentine has come to Asia in a bid to regain his form ahead of the Shanghai Masters starting on October 10.

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.

Reuters / Eurosport

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