Del Potro wins Stock­holm ti­tle af­ter 33-month drought

Malta Independent - - SPORT / CLASSIFIEDS -

Juan Martin del Potro won the Stock­holm Open on Sun­day to end a 33-month ti­tle drought, beat­ing sixth-seeded Jack Sock 7-5, 6-1.

Del Potro, who has strug­gled with wrist prob­lems in re­cent years, won his 19th ATP tour ti­tle - and his first since win­ning in Syd­ney in 2014.

The Ar­gen­tine, who did not drop a set dur­ing the tour­na­ment, broke his Amer­i­can op­po­nent’s serve four times in the fi­nal and never faced a break point.

“I’ve been try­ing to fix my prob­lems for the past two years and I didn’t ex­pect to win a ti­tle at this mo­ment in my ca­reer,” the 28-year-old del Potro said. “I am so happy to get the tro­phy here. It’s mo­ti­va­tion for look­ing for­ward to the fu­ture.”

Both play­ers held serve un­til 5-5 of the open­ing set, when del Potro raised his game to emerge with a one-set lead.

Sock seemed tired in the sec­ond set, hold­ing serve only once and win­ning just two points when re­turn­ing serve.

“His serve is mas­sive and very tough to read, which put more pres­sure on my serve,” Sock said. “I’ve had a long week here and it might have caught up with me a bit.”

Mid­way through the match Sock re­quested med­i­cal treat­ment for pain in his arm.

Del Potro, beaten by Andy Mur­ray for the gold medal at the Rio Olympics, reached his sec­ond fi­nal of the year af­ter beat­ing 2013 cham­pion Grigor Dim­itrov in the semi­fi­nals.

Del Potro cel­e­brates with the tro­phy

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