• Del Potro begins in Valencia against Tursunov

    11/1/11 10:02 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Del Potro begins in Valencia against Tursunov Juan Martin Del Potro will be back in action at the Valencia Open when he takes the court on Wednesday. He is set for a difficult first-round matchup with Dmitry Tursunov.

    Juan Martin Del Potro and Dmitry Tursunov will be going head-to-head for the first time in their careers when they do battle in round one of the Valencia Open 500 on Wednesday.

    Del Potro has endured an up-and-down 2011 campaign in his comeback from a wrist injury. The 14th-ranked Argentine heated up in the spring with titles in Delray Beach and Estoril in addition to a semifinal performance at the Indian Wells Masters, but he struggled during the U.S. Open Series. Del Potro then lost his Stockholm opener to James Blake but rebounded last week to reach the Vienna final (fell to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga).

    Tursunov is also on the way back from injury and he has enjoyed a steady climb up to a current ranking of 39th in the world. The Russian racked up points via Challengers in the spring and he is a decent 20-15 at the ATP level this season. Tursunov is a respectable 7-5 since the U.S. Open, with quarterfinal appearances in Kuala Lumpur and Moscow.

    Del Potro is playing just three days after his three-set final against Tsonga in Vienna, so fatigue could be factor. If Tursunov serves well and can take control of baseline rallies, he will have a shot at the upset. Count on a three-setter, with a slight edge going to Del Potro.

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