MADRID – Argentina’s tennis star Juan Martin Del Potro kicked off his Madrid Open run with an important doubles win, but he is yet to confirm his participation in the singles competition.
The Argentine player teamed up with Kei Nishikori of Japan and they sealed a 5-7, 6-4, 10-4 win over the pair of Italy’s Fabio Fognini and Swedish Robert Lindstedt in the round of 32 after one hour and 34 minutes of competition.
The Del Porto-Nishikori double is set to take on the winners of Tuesday’s match pitting the pair of Briton Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares of Brazil against the duo of Moldovan Radu Albot and Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia.
The Argentine star, who starts his clay season at the Madrid Open, will have to decide whether or not he is going to participate in the singles tourney. Del Potro had already said he will take a decision after this double match.
In case he will eventually take part in the singles competition, Del Potro’s first encounter is to be against the winner of an all-Serbian match pitting Dusan Lajovic or Laslo Djere.
Elsewhere in the Madrid Open on Monday, Reilly Opelka of the United States eliminated Spaniard Pablo Carreño from the first round of the singles competition.
It took the American player one hour and 25 minutes to prevail over Carreño 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.
Carreño is still experiencing a tough season, not being able to earn a single win in the tournaments of Cordoba, Barcelona and Estoril, after the surgery he underwent on his right shoulder in Feb.
His recent elimination from the first round at Estoril forced him to lose the points he earned by reaching the semifinals of the last year’s edition, and as a result, he fell in the ATP ranking to the 42nd spot.
On the other side of the court, the 2019 New York Open winner Opelka fired 14 aces and won one of the two break points he created to stamp his authority on the match against the Spaniard.
Next up in the second round, Opelka is to face off against Austria’s Dominic Thiem, the fifth seed of the tourney.