Del Potro is heading up the rankings.

Juan Martin del Potro’s comeback to the ATP World Tour gathered further pace as he completed a convincing win over Radek Stepanek in the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. Del Potro was restricted to just three tournaments last year because of a wrist injury, which was operated on in May. The former world number four began the season at 258 in the rankings – but the 22-year-old Argentinian has moved into the top 100 and the climb looks set to continue after a 6-4 6-0 first round defeat of Stepanek.

Elsewhere in the Miami event, Serbia’s Janko Tipsarevic had few problems against Germany’s Tobias Kamke, winning 6-2 6-0, while America’s Ryan Sweeting was a 6-4 6-1 winner against Spain’s Marcel Granollers. Also booking places in the second round were Donald Young, Somdev Devvarman, Victor Hanescu, Michael Berrer, Tim Smyczek, Rainer Schuettler and Xavier Malisse, while South Africa’s Rik de Voest also progressed when Spain’s Pere Riba retired after losing the first set 6-4.


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