10/21/12 5:49 PM | Kelli DeMario
World No. 8 Juan Martin Del Potro captured his third crown of the season following his straight-set ousting of first-time finalist Grega Zemlja. By virtue of Sunday's championship effort, the Argentine extended his tour title tally to 12.
Top seed Juan Martin Del Potro sealed a championship-winning run at the Erste Bank Open, having upended qualifier Grega Zemlja Sunday afternoon. The 24-year-old collected 10 aces and three service breaks through to a 7-5, 6-3 victory.
"I’m so happy. It’s important to have a good end of the year," Del Potro explained. "I’m looking forward to keep improving, keep playing well at the same level as I had here. I also look forward to London. I’m looking better to qualify there. We have two big tournaments coming next week. They have the chance to get points also, so it will be very interesting to see how we are going."
After rallying from a 4-2 deficit in the 64-minute opening set, a steadied world No. 8 took a 2-0 advantage in set two. Del Potro completed the final with 40 of 49 first-service points captured.
"I didn’t have a very good start to the match. I made a lot of errors and I was nervous because it was a final,” said the champion. "I tried to find a way to play aggressive. In the second set, I broke early and that gave me confidence to play the final like I was expected. I was a little lucky to survive from 2-4 down in the first set.”
Up next for Del Potro is the Swiss Indoors, where he joins world No. 1 Roger Federer in Basel, Switzerland.
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