INDIAN WELLS, CA - MARCH 14: Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina serves to Novak Djokovic of Serbia during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 14, 2017 in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Del Potro Wins First Clay Match of Clay Court Season in Portugal

ESTORIL, Portugal (AP) -- Fifth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro beat Yuichi Sugita of Japan 6-1, 6-3 in the first round of the Estoril Open on Tuesday.

The former U.S. Open champion hit eight aces and broke Sugita four times to ease to the win in his clay-court debut for the season.

Del Potro, who won the Portuguese tournament in 2011 and 2012, will face American Ryan Harrison next after he beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 2-6, 6-2.

American qualifier Bjorn Fratangelo upset sixth-seeded Joao Sousa 6-3, 6-4, and will face Taro Daniel of Japan after he beat Renzo Olivo 7-6 (2), 4-6, 7-5 in nearly three hours.

Nicolas Almagro also advanced after beating the eighth-seeded Benoit Paire 6-3, 6-2, while qualifier Joao Domingues outlasted Kyle Edmund 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (2) and Carlos Berlocq beat Elias Ymer 7-5, 6-4.

On Wednesday, top-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta plays fellow Spaniard Tommy Robredo.

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