Fan favorite Juan Martin Del Potro, whose career looked like it might be over earlier this year after repeated wrist surgeries, won his first tournament in almost three years on Sunday, beating American Jack Sock 7-5, 6-1 in the final of the If Stockholm Open.
“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,” said the Argentine, who had last won a title when he beat troubled Aussie Bernard Tomic in the 2014 Sydney final. “It’s motivation for looking forward to the future. I don’t really mind the rankings or the numbers. I just want to play better. When I’m 100 percent I know I can be dangerous.”
He did not drop a set during the tournament, broken just twice during the week, both times in the semifinals against Grigor Dimitrov.
Sock unsuccessfully tried to shake off a draining three-set semifinal where he came back to beat German comer Alexander Zverev 6-7(4), 7-6(4), 6-4.
“It was a tough match,” Sock said of the final. “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.”
Swedish wildcard brothers Elias and Mikael Ymer won the Stockholm doubles title, winning 6-1, 6-1 over No. 4 seeds Mate Pavic and Michael Venus in the final.
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