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Del Potro and Kygrios turn up the heat with victories at The Boodles

Juan Martin Del Potro: Credit Jordan Mansfield

 

The sun continued to shine at The Boodles yesterday (Wednesday) as Juan Martin Del Potro and Nick Kygrios turned up the heat with victories.

Playing his first match since losing to Rafael Nadal in the French Open semi-final, world number four Del Potro saved match points before overcoming Taylor Fritz 6-4,4-6 (15-13).

“I was feeling good today,” the Argentine said. “My game is adapting to the grass courts, and I think I'm going to be ready for Wimbledon.

“I never thought I could play at this level again after all my wrist problems.

“But I keep surprising myself in every tournament. I have a great connection with the fans at all tournaments, and I think you can see when I play that it's something special for me with them. They make me so happy even if I lose.”

Kygrios admitted he expects to reach the second week of this year’s Wimbledon after dispatching Sam Querrey in straight sets (6-4, 7-6).

Wednesday’s action got underway with another win for Great Britain’s Liam Broady, who defeated Sergiy Stakhovsky 7-5,4-6, 10-2. Stakhovsky is best remembered for shocking Roger Federer in the second round of Wimbledon in 2013.

The final action of the day saw local favourite Marcus Willis push Malek Jaziri – a player ranked 800 places above him – all the way in a 6-4, 6-7, 10-6 defeat.

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Victoria Azarenka plays her second match at The Boodles this week when she takes on Monica Puig (PUR) from 12.30pm today (Thursday).

Alexander Zverev (GER) is next on court against Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP), followed by matches between Fabio Fognini (ITA) and Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) and, not before 5pm, Taylor Fritz (USA) versus Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE).

Limited tickets are still available, go to www.theboodles.com for details.

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