Del Potro stars at Boodles
Renzo Olivo – 7-5 6-3 – Brown said: “It’s very nice to be back. I came out here to try to fine-tune some things. The atmosphere here is always great.
“I’m feeling very good, very confident, especially in [the] Halle [Open]. [The] first couple of weeks I was still trying to figure out how to play and in Halle I found a very good mix. I’m playing very well, serving well especially, and hopefully I can carry that into [Wimbledon].
Brown – pictured, right – beat Portugal’s João Sousa at Wimbledon on Monday to earn his plum draw as beaten Boodles opponent, Argentinian Olivo, bowed out to another player who was on court at Stoke Park.
Bosnian Damir Džumhur – who saw off Olivo 6-2 6-0 6-1 at SW19 on Monday – was set to tackle Brit Aljaž Bedene yesterday. Džumhur, 25, was playing his first match at Stoke Park after winning an ATP Challenger title on clay the previous week.
One Boodles opponent who did overcome the Bosnian at Stoke Park was Wimbledon wild card Thanasi Kokkinasi, who won 5-7 7-6 (10-8) in a match tie break but the Aussie could not raise his game again on Tuesday as he exited SW19 in the first round to another Boodles favourite, Juan Martin del Potro, 6-3 3-6 7-6 6-4.
Returning to The Boodles for a second straight year, Grand Slam champion Del Potro – seeded 30th at Wimbledon and due to face Latvian Ernests Gulbis in the second round at Wimbledon today – appeared to have shaken off the groin injury at Boodles that had seen him pull out of Queen’s a week earlier.
Del Potro and opponent Gilles Simon entertained a packed crowd with some thrilling rallies and big serves as the 2013 Wimbledon semi-finalist, who won 6-3 3-6 10-5, said the contest was a good workout.
“I feel fantastic,” the Argentine said afterwards. “We were enjoying the match a lot, the atmosphere was really, really nice. Everybody was waiting to see our match.”
Even in the relaxed setting of Stoke Park, Del Potro felt The Boodles provided the opportuunity for serious match play beefore this week’s tournament.
“I think it’s good preparation n to see how the body feels and how the game is,” Del Potro reflected. “And I think when youu play seriously you can improvee a little bit, and that’s why I de- cided to play this event.”
The Argentine – who returned ed from multiple years of injuryry and repeated wrist surgeries lastst season – was, however, keepingng things in perspective.
“Always Wimbledon is a bigig challenge for me,” he said. “But tI I think I’m doing well this season. n. I could be better, but I had a tough draw in recent tournaaments. I’ve been playing Feder-r- er, Djokovic, Murray and these guys in the first rounds.
“But I’m looking forward to playing my best tennis on grass because I like to play on this surface. If I’m okay and I feel strong enough, I can have a good tourna