Juan Martin del Potro won his second consecutive Stockholm Open title on Sunday, in the final defeating Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-2.
“I played the best match of the week against Grigor today,” said Del Potro after winning his first title in 12 months. “Unlucky for that, sorry Grigor. It’s amazing to come back and hold this big trophy. And hopefully I can come next year as well.”
The 29-year-old’s win keeps him in the race to qualify for the year-ending ATP Finals.
“I’m already in the Top 20 and I don’t have too many points to defend next season,” the Argentine said. “Could get close to the Top 10 guys. Could be a dream after all my problems with the wrist. To reach that ranking, that number again, would be fantastic for me.”
Del Potro saved all four break points he saved and landed nine aces. He entered the match having lost his last two matches against the Bulgarian in straight sets.
Dimitrov’s effort virtually cements his first appearance in the ATP Finals.
“I couldn’t have lost to a better gentleman on and off the court,” Dimitrov said on court afterwards. “Unfortunately I couldn’t bring a lot more fight today. But again, Juan totally deserved it.”
Del Potrov is 20-8 in career finals, winning only three in the past four seasons due to injuries. Dimitrov was looking to add to his titles in Brisbane, Sofia and Cincinnati this year. He dropped to 3-1 in finals this year and 7-6 career.
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