Nikoloz Basilashvili picked up his biggest career title Sunday in Beijing beating the heavily-favored Juan Martin del Potro 6-4, 6-4.
“I was in a really good shape coming up to this tournament,” said Basilashvili. “I’m really feeling well on court. Playing against Juan, he was sick today for sure, I could see that. But he put me in really tough situations. I needed to really work it, to work hard to win the points. I really enjoyed this match. To win a title here in Beijing means a lot, it’s one of the best tournaments here.”
Basilashvili dropped the opening set of the tournament to Jack Sock, then reeled off 10 straight to win his second career title and his first victory over a Top 5 player.
“I’ve been having a really good season this year, especially past three or four months,” said Basilashvili. “I’m playing very good.
“I’m feeling really well on the court lately. A lot of respect to my coach Jan, he’s helping me a lot. With him, we can see a big difference.”
Del Potro was seeking a 23rd career title and third of the year, but was feeling ill.
“My game today wasn’t as good as it was in the last matches in the tournament,” Del Potro said. “I had some problems the last three days, and it was affecting a little bit to my game.”
“Nikoloz played unbelievable. He played a really strong game,” Del Potro added. “I think he deserved to win because I couldn’t play in my best level.”
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