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May 15, 2017

Juan Martin Del Potro

Rome, Italy

J. DEL POTRO/G. Dimitrov

3-6, 6-2, 6-3

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Can you talk through the match a little bit? You obviously came back after a tough first set and also tough opener to get your clay court season going.
JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO: I think I play well during the whole match. I had my break points in the first set, and Grigor played better in that moment. I think he took the opportunities.

But in the second and in the third I played solid from the baseline. I hit harder with my backhands, and I think my serves help a little bit to win the match.

Q. Obviously another topic today, Pico Monaco announced that he is retiring, someone you obviously know very well. Can you talk about that a little bit, to see one of your long-time standing companions on the tour to hang up his racquet?
JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO: We will miss him on tour, for sure. He's a nice guy, friend of mine, friend of most of the players on tour.

He made a fantastic career. He reached top 10 positions few years ago. He won many tournaments, and I think he took a good decisions to move the way of his life for another things.

I wish all the best. I know him a lot, and I know he's happy with the decision and he's happy with his present at home.

Q. Was your preparation for this tournament -- obviously you wanted to play Madrid and couldn't. Had to travel back home. Did you get a lot of time to prepare? Because you had other things on your mind the past few weeks.
JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO: No, no, I didn't prepare this tournament. This week could be my preparation for French Open, too.

I just start to play on clay few days ago here in Rome. My grandfather died a couple of days ago, and I was at home with my family. And I think now it's time to come back, trying to do my best.

I'm excited to play few matches here in Rome and then to come in Paris after a long, long time.

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