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Argentina’s del Potro advances

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Juan Martin del Potro advanced to the second round of the Sony Ericsson Open tennis tournament in Key Biscayne, Fla., beating Ricardo Mello of Brazil 6-4, 6-4 Wednesday. Del Potro, who won the 2009 U.S. Open, was limited to three events in 2010 with a right wrist injury. The Argentine has jumped from 259th to 51st in the rankings, winning in Delray Beach, Fla., and reaching the semifinals in San Jose, Memphis and Indian Wells, Calif. “I’m still improving match by match,” said del Potro, 18-5 in 2011. “It’s a good signal for my future.”

 ?? By Al Bello, Getty Images ?? Del Potro: Missed most of 2010 with an injury.
By Al Bello, Getty Images Del Potro: Missed most of 2010 with an injury.

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