Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 1/15/13
Juan Martin del Potro is not a member of the Big Four of men's tennis, but with Rafael Nadal's absence at this year's Australian Open, he's hoping he can crash the exclusive club. With Lleyton Hewitt's loss in the first round on Monday, the 1.98 meter (6-foot-6) Argentine is the only man besides Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic remaining in the draw with a Grand Slam singles title. The sixth-seeded del Potro eased into the second round on Tuesday with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 victory over French qualifier Adrian Mannarino in just 76 minutes. The Argentine got his breakthrough victory at the 2009 U.S. Open, but his career was temporarily derailed by a right wrist injury that required surgery in 2010 and knocked him off the tour for eight months. Since his return to tennis, he's reclaimed his spot in the top 10, but hasn't been past the quarterfinals of a major - largely because of the Big Four. Last year, Federer knocked him out in the quarters at Melbourne Park and Roland G...
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