Dutch delight for Del Potro

  • Last Updated: February 18 2013, 8:21 GMT

Julien Benneteau failed to break his title duck as he lost an eighth successive final, going down in straight sets to Juan Martin Del Potro at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.

Juan Martin Del Potro: Victory in Rotterdam
Juan Martin Del Potro: Victory in Rotterdam

The Frenchman has been in sparkling form this week with his run to Sunday's clash with Del Potro including wins over top seed and world number two Roger Federer and countryman Gilles Simon.

But he found Del Potro a far trickier proposition, the Argentinian winning 7-6 (7/2) 6-3 to secure his 14th tour-level crown.

Del Potro came into the final having not dropped his serve in the entire tournament and although that record went in the opening set - Benneteau breaking twice - he secured two breaks of his own to take it a tie-break which he claimed with ease.

Benneteau's challenge faded in the second set as Del Potro ran through it to improve on his runners-up finish here 12 months ago when he lost to Federer.

Del Potro said: "It's amazing. I'm so happy to win this tournament. 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.

"I had been serving well all week, but at the beginning of the match I was nervous and he broke me. Then in the second set I felt confident on my first serve and didn't give him a chance to break me. I closed the match with a fantastic service game."


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