Juan Martin del Potro has made a perfect China Open debut, defeating Pablos Cuevas 7-6(4) 6-4 in the opening round.
A wildcard entry, the world No.24 served 11 aces and did not drop serve in the 98-minute victory.
“I think I play a good match. It was enough to win,” said the 2009 US Open champion. “I play good in important moment of the match, that's the tiebreak and the last game of the second set.”
The 29-year-old is proving a fan favourite in Beijing – and he’s enjoying his visit too, taking time out of his practice schedule to visit the Great Wall of China over the weekend.
“I feel so glad to be playing for the first time in my career,” del Potro said. “I think the tournament, it's great. We have a good facilities for practice, for enjoy the city, to be nice in this amazing country. I'm enjoying a lot.”
His tough draw doesn’t get any easier though – world No.8 Grigor Dimitrov is his second round opponent.
“To have Dimitrov in the second round is not easy for me,” del Potro admitted. “He's one of the favourites to win the tournament. (This) could be a quarterfinal, semifinal or final. But I have to be ready for that challenge and see what happens.”
Australian No.8 seed Nick Kyrgios also made a winning start in his China Open debut, brushing past Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-1 6-2 in 55 minutes.
Kyrgios meets German world No.27 Mischa Zverev in the second round.
By Falyn Page