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Juan Martin del Potro overwhelms Denis Kudla in ominous show of power to reach US Open third round

Juan Martin del Potro made it through to the third round of the French Open 
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Juan Martin del Potro overwhelms Denis Kudla in ominous show of power to reach third round of US Open

  • Juan Martin del Potro beat Denis Kudla 6-3 6-1 7-6(4) in US Open second round
  • Del Potro thumped 20 aces and won 85 per cent of his first-serve points
  • Kudla put up a fight in closing stages but del Potro managed to hold on to win

Rory Carroll, Reuters

Argentine Juan Martin del Potro overpowered American Denis Kudla 6-3 6-1 7-6(4) in the U.S. Open second round on Wednesday, delivering a near flawless performance and serving notice that the injury-plagued 2009 champion is in top form.

Showing no ill-effects from the wrist injuries that have dogged him in recent years, Del Potro thumped down 20 aces, won 85 percent of his first-serve points and never faced a break point in a match lasting less than two hours.

By the time the overwhelmed Kudla began to find his form in the third set it was too little too late.

Juan Martin del Potro made it through to the third round of the French Open 

Juan Martin del Potro made it through to the third round of the French Open 

Del Potro defeated American Denis Kudla 6-3 6-1 7-6(4) in the second round of the competition

Del Potro defeated American Denis Kudla 6-3 6-1 7-6(4) in the second round of the competition

Del Potro defeated American Denis Kudla 6-3 6-1 7-6(4) in the second round of the competition

The world number 72 held serve six times to set up the third-set tiebreaker and fended off three match points but despite the backing of the New York crowd, he sent a backhand wide to punch Del Potro’s ticket to the third round.

Next up for Del Potro is Spaniard Fernando Verdasco. 

Del Potro will now face Spaniard Fernando Verdasco, who defeated Andy Murray

Del Potro will now face Spaniard Fernando Verdasco, who defeated Andy Murray

Del Potro will now face Spaniard Fernando Verdasco, who defeated Andy Murray

Kudla was defeated despite holding serve six times to set up the third-set tiebreaker

Kudla was defeated despite holding serve six times to set up the third-set tiebreaker

Kudla was defeated despite holding serve six times to set up the third-set tiebreaker

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