Del Potro Topples Dimitrov to Win Stockholm Open

by John on October 22, 2017

Defending champion Juan Martin del Potro whipped top seed Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-2 in the final of the Stockholm Open earlier this afternoon. The title was the fourth-seeded Argentine’s first of the year and 20th of his career, and will launch the Tower of Tandil into contention in the ATP Race to London. Del Potro will move up to 14th in the Race with 2135 points, 470 points behind Pablo Carreno Busta, who currently occupies the eighth and final qualifying spot for the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals. The Argentine improved to 6-2 head-to-head against Dimitrov and ran his record to 31-14 on the year. “I played the best match of the week against Grigor today. Unlucky for that, sorry Grigor,” del Potro said. “It’s amazing to come back and hold this big trophy. And hopefully I can come next year as well. I love to be in Stockholm. I like the city a lot. I like the Swedish people and you treated me very, very good this week and I would like to thank everyone.” Del Potro dominated with his serve, hitting nine aces and winning 76 percent of the points on his first serve, while saving all four break points he faced. The 29-year-old Argentine parlayed a service break in the fifth game of the match to take the opener in 42 minutes. A service break in the third game of the second set gave del Potro a 2-1 lead. Dimitrov forced three break-point opportunities in the next game, but failed to cash any of them. Delpo broke again in the seventh game and served it out in one hour and 25 minutes. Dimitrov, who is fifth in the Race to London, served five aces and saved two of five break points. The Bulgarian had captured his only two victories against del Potro earlier this year, but it wasn’t to be today. “I couldn’t have lost to a better gentleman on and off the court. Juan, congrats…you’ve been playing great the whole year, quite a few battles and wishing you the best of luck for the rest of the season,” Dimitrov said. “Unfortunately I couldn’t bring a lot more fight today. But again, Juan totally deserved it.”

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