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Juan Martin Del Potro has lost his last competitive live tennis match before the French Open, to a player ranked outside the top 100 players.

The Argentinean is seen by some pundits as having an outside chance of challenging for the title at Roland Garros, having returned to form in recent months.

There are plenty of tennis betting offers that would pay out good money on Del Potro going far on the famous red clay in Paris.

After a long spell out through injury, it has taken some time for the former US Open champion to get back to somewhere near his best form.
But he has been showing signs of his old self with two tournament victories in 2012 - indoor in Marseille in February and then on clay last month in Estoril.

Having gone out of the Masters event in Rome in the last 16, to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Del Potro decided to play in the Masters Guinot Mary Cohr exhibition event before travelling to Paris.

The world number nine though was on the end of a shock scoreline, as he went down in straight sets to Simone Bolelli, 7-6 6-4.
Del Potro had only agreed to play at the weekend, after Gael Monfils withdrew, and he would have expected to win against the Italian clay-court specialist Bolelli, who is 111 in the world rankings.

The Argentine's best display at the French Open came back in 2009, when he reached the semi-finals before being beaten by eventual winner Roger Federer.

World number four Andy Murray is also set to feature in the exhibition event this week - with the British ace due to face Ernests Gulbis.
 
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