Del Potro pounds out victory
US OPEN champion Juan Martin Del Potro, playing with a wrist injury, needed three hours to subdue American Michael Russell in four sets to make the second round of the Australian Open on Monday.
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#1 Jan 20, 2010
He also had to have a long duel with James Blake in an epic second round that went for 5 sets. Both men played wonderfully and even with the loss James has a lot to take away from this match. It was also there for him to win, and given his not as substantial 5 set record hopefully this will be a confidence boost for him. So kudos to James and I wish him the best.
#2 Jan 21, 2010
I too was hoping Blake could win.. Nothing against Del Potro but Blake has been such a fighter all these years that i was hoping he will be rewarded with a semi final (if not a final) grand slam appearance.
By the way, i noticed he is no longer doning Nike apparel. Did Nike ditch him or the other way round.
#3 Jan 21, 2010
I take it neither of you live in Australia..
'cos it seems like you watched the match. Channel 7 here in Australia cut short the Blake vs Del Potro match as the news and neighbours was way more important. When coverage resumed (coverage is NOT live in the evenings - WHY?????), they showed 1 hour delayed coverage of the Henin vs Dementieva match.
I had to follow the live score on the IBM iPhone application (excellent, it is)- the only way of keeping up to date with the score in the Blake game.
The woeful coverage of the Australian Open by Australian Channel 7 is embarrassing to say the least. Apparently the coverage in South Africa is better...
Well done to Del Potro, although I was rooting for Blake - top man, bad luck
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