Del Potro beats Gasquet in 3 sets at ATP finalsJuan Martin Del Potro of Argentina celebrates winning at match point during the ATP World Tour Finals tennis match against Richard Gasquet of France at the O2 Arena in London, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
LONDON (AP) -- Former finalist Juan Martin del Potro battled his way past Richard Gasquet 6-7 (4), 6-3, 7-5 to win his opening round-robin match at the ATP Finals on Monday.
Del Potro extended his record against Gasquet to 6-1 and secured a crucial win in a tough Group B that also includes Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.
Playing at the season-ending tournament for the first time since 2007, Gasquet produced some stunning shots but struggled to return del Potro's big serve in a match laced with unforced errors from both sides.