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Roddick, Del Potro play exhibition matches in South America

Andy Roddick, Juan Martin del Potro Andy Roddick and Juan Martin del Potro embrace after Roddick's U.S. Open finale. (David Lobel/Icon SMI)

Juan Martin del Potro sent Andy Roddick into retirement when he beat him at the U.S. Open last September, but hey, no hard feelings. Roddick is in South America to play a few exhibition matches with Del Potro, who is skipping Australian Open tune-up events in favor of training at home.

According to Argentine press, Roddick and Del Potro will play an exhibition match today at the Cantegrill Country Club in Punta del Este, Uruguay, and then head to Cúpula de la Sociedad Rural in Buenos Aires for another match tomorrow. The exhibitions will also feature Argentinian legends Guillermo Vilas and Jose Luis Clerc. For Roddick, these exhibitions offered him a chance to visit South America, something he says he did not get to do much during his playing career.

Del Potro won't have too much time to spare once the exhibitions conclude. The world No. 7 is confirmed for the AAMI Classic exhibition (a.k.a. Kooyong) in Melbourne next week, where he'll join a field that includes Milos Raonic, Juan Monaco and Janko Tipsarevic. That event begins Jan. 9, and it will be Del Potro's sole preparation for the Australian Open, which begins Jan. 14.

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