If there is to learn about rising from the downfalls, it is from this guy. The right hander from Tandil, became a champion in the IF Stockholm Open, Sweden, defeating the US’s #1 and seeds number 6, Jack Sock. He marked his 19th title here, without dropping a set throughout the tournament. The 28-year old champion tweeted “So happy😀🏆” with a picture of himself and his trophy.
Struggling through the injuries since last the 3 years, being ranked over 500, he came back stronger than expected this season. He added a silver lining his career with an Olympic silver and now has a W-L record of 28-11 for the 2016 season. His penultimate title came in 2014 in Apia International, Sydney, where he defeated the defending champion Bernard Tomic in the final in straight sets, in less than an hour.
In the final match, each of the players played the first 10 games with their serves held. It was after the score of 5-5 that Del Potro could break Sock and eventually took the first set, 7-5. Taking advantage of Sock’s fatigue, Del Potro easily slithered through the second set, allowing his opponent to take only one game throughout. It took 76 minutes to the Argentine to win the final match.
“It was a tough match,” said Sock, who requested the trainer midway through the match to receive treatment for arm pain. “His serve is massive and very tough to read, which put more pressure on my serve. He just played well today. I’ve had a long week here and it might have caught up with me a bit.”
This tournament awarded 250 points to Del Potro and 150 points to Sock. And, the Argentine has finally marked into the top 50 now.
Erstwhile, in the semis, Sock dropped his first set of the tournament. He defeated the number 4 seed Zverev, 6-7(4), 7-6(4), 6-4 and the WC Del Potro defeated the number 2 seed Grigor Dimitrov, 6-4, 7-5. The former match was one exhausting one for both the players, none of them being ready to give away the point easily. But Zverev was facing the 2015 finalist, wasn’t easy for him to get through. On the other hand, the big server Del Potro served 6 aced to Dimitrov’s 6, and was broken twice in the entire tournament, both by Dimitrov in the semi-final.