Del Potro tops Benneteau for Rotterdam crown|
Rotterdam, The Netherlands (Sports Network) - Juan Martin del Potro earned his
14th career title and kept Julien Benneteau winless in ATP finals with a
straight-set victory Sunday in the championship match at the ABN AMRO World
The second-seeded del Potro posted a 7-6 (7-2), 6-3 triumph Sunday for his
first title of 2013. He won four times last year and was the runner-up just
once, falling to Roger Federer in this event.
"It's amazing. I'm so happy to win this tournament," said del Potro. "I played
really well from the first round to the final. I think I played the way I
needed to, to win this kind of tournament."
Benneteau, meanwhile, came up short in a final for the eighth time in as many
tries. The Frenchman was denied twice last year and has lost a title match at
least once each year since 2008.
After del Potro had his serve broken for the first time this week in the
second game of the match, the Argentine star rebounded by taking the next four
games. Benneteau broke back in the 10th game and forced a tiebreak, which del
Potro won with ease.
He carried that momentum into the second set and opened a 3-0 lead with a
break of serve and never relinquished the advantage, concluding the match in
an hour and 37 minutes. A nose bleed forced del Potro to take a brief medical
timeout between the eighth and ninth games before he served out the match at
"I was not too tight, I played my game," said Benneteau. "He was just too
strong today. It's disappointing because it's a final, but I did what I
Del Potro improved to 14-5 all-time in title matches and became the first
Argentine to win in Rotterdam since Guillermo Vilas in 1982.
Benneteau, who stunned Federer in Friday's quarterfinals, has the most finals
appearances without a title among active players. Gilles Muller is next with
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