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Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina hits a return during the men's singles against Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament in Shanghai on October 9, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / CHANDAN KHANNA (Photo credit should read CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP/Getty Images)

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Argentinian Juan Martin del Potro battled through a tough opening round against Nikoloz Basilashvili in the first round of the 2017 Shanghai Rolex Masters on Monday. 

The 16th seed came through 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 in just short of two hours, while Great Britain’s Kyle Edmund took a little over an hour to down Jiri Vesely 6-3, 6-2 to book his spot in the second round.

Other first-round victors on Monday included 19-year-old American qualifier Frances Tiafoe, who downed Benoit Paire in straight sets, and Spain’s Feliciano Lopez.

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available. 

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