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Del Potro upends Stoppini in opener

Updated: February 12, 2009, 1:41 AM ET
Associated Press

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Juan Martin Del Potro worked through jet-lag and defeated qualifier Andrea Stoppini 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5) on Wednesday night in the first round of the SAP Open.

"I can play better but that's a good match for the start of a tournament," said Del Portro, who came to California from his homeland of Argentina. "I was a little tired from the trip but I'll be OK tomorrow."

With his body telling him it was well after midnight, the second-seeded Del Potro managed to put ...

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