Juan Martin del Potro survives three-hour battle at French Open
It was another hard slog for Juan Martin del Potro at the French Open on Thursday as he battled pain and a brilliant opponent in Yoshihito Nishioka.
The eighth seed needed four sets to win his opening match at Roland Garros and his second-round clash went the distance as he beat Nishioka 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2 in three hours and 46 minutes.
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Del Potro was broken three times in the first set as the Japanese player took early control.
And he then had his right knee taped, which will be a concern as he has just returned from a long-term injury, but guts it out to win the next two sets.
However, Nishioka forced a decider as he took the tie-breaker in the fourth, but Del Potro wasn’t to be denied as he broke twice in the fifth set.
He will face Australian Jordan Thompson for a place in the fourth round.
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