Del Potro and Kvitova claim three set wins in Sydney

Wed Jan 14, 2015 6:17am EST
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SYDNEY (Reuters) - Former U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro stepped up his comeback from another wrist surgery by toppling top seed Fabio Fognini at the Sydney International on Wednesday.

The 4-6 6-2 6-2 victory was only the second match the towering Argentine had played in 11 months since surgery to fix an issue with his left wrist and he felt the burn.

The defending champion, competing on a wildcard after his ranking slumped to 338, was given a code violation after taking too long at a change of ends.

"This is my second match on tour after one year. I need to breathe more than the other players," he told reporters.

Del Potro hit 11 aces against one double fault in a solid serving display but admitted his backhand, still shaky following the surgery, needed work.

"My game is to serve strong and try and make winners with my forehand," he said.

"If my backhand is okay, I will be aggressive with it in the future.

"But now I think I just need to hit the ball as well as I can and don't try to make winners with my backhand.

"I just need to play a lot of backhands during the point, and if I do that I will get confidence very soon to play aggressive as well.   Continued...