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Tennis: Del Potro, Murray safely through first hurdle at Rotterdam

Published on Feb 13, 2014 5:44 AM
Argentinian player Juan Martin Del Potro returns a ball to France's Gael Monfils during the first round of the ATP World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam, on Feb 12, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AFP) - Former champions Juan Martin del Potro and Andy Murray showed off improved fitness in first round victories over French opponents on Wednesday at the Rotterdam World Tennis.

Del Potro, the world number four and top seed, tested his delicate left wrist over nearly one and three-quarter hours as he beat Gael Monfils 7-6 (8/6), 6-3.

Murray, a late wild card into the field as he builds strength after his 2013 back operation, dispatched Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-3, 6-3.

The Scot won the title at the Ahoy stadium in 2009 over Rafael Nadal while Del Potro is defending his 2013 trophy.

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