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Del Potro, Tsonga Preview Rotterdam Openers

Rotterdam, The Netherlands

del Potro© Henk KosterJuan Martin del Potro finished runner-up to Roger Federer last year.

Juan Martin del Potro and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are both looking forward to competing at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam this week.
 
“It is always a pleasure to be a part of big tournaments,” said del Potro, who trained with Roger Federer – the player he lost to in the 2012 final – on Sunday. “It is a big chance for me to see how I am playing indoors. This tournament is difficult to win, there are Top 10 players here wanting to win.”
 
Del Potro plays wild card Gael Monfils and admitted it wasn’t the first-round match he had hoped for.

“I know the match will be tough for both, but anything can happen. He can beat all the top players. He is coming back from injuries. He is a fighter, so playing him in the first round isn’t the best for me. But if I am to win this title, I have to beat all the players.
 
“I think I am playing well, although I did not have a good Australian Open. I am looking forward to this tournament and the next one. I am looking to improve my volley and serves in order to win.”
 
Tsonga said, “It’s good to be back, the surface and stadium have changed. It looks a lot better. I hope I will have a good week.”
 
Tsonga plays Igor Sijsling in the first round on Monday evening.
 
“It is not an easy first round, playing in front of his own crowd,” said the Frenchman. “I am sure he will try to play his best tennis, so for me it is critical I am playing well right from the start. I don’t know a lot about him, but I know he is very talented.”
 
The ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2013.

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