STOCKHOLM, October 23, 2016
Juan Martin del Potro ended a 33-month title drought against Jack Sock in the final of If Stockholm Open on Sunday. The 28-year-old Argentine defeated Jack Sock 7-5, 6-1.
Del Potro didn’t face a break point, sending down six aces and won 88 per cent of his first service points to secure victory in one hour and 16 minutes.
“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. I am so happy to get the trophy here. It’s motivation for looking forward to the future,” told Del Potro, who captured his most recent tour-level crown against Bernard Tomic in Sydney at the start of the 2014 season. He now owns 19 tour-level titles.
“I don’t really mind the rankings or the numbers. I just want to play better. When I’m 100 per cent I know I can be dangerous.”
Sock, the new US-American number one, needed to recover from a titanic battle against #NextGen star Alexander Zverev in the semi-finals and was on court for three hours more than del Potro entering the final.
“It was a tough match. 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,” Sock said.
Home Sweet Home For Ymer Brothers
Swedish brothers Elias Ymer and Mikael Ymer completed a fairytale run on home soil against Mate Pavic and Michael Venus, winning the doubles final 6-1, 6-1 in 51 minutes.
“I don’t think me or Mikael expected our first ATP title to come in doubles, especially here in our hometown of Stockholm. We had a great time and I really enjoyed playing with my brother,” Elias Ymer said.
“It’s been unreal. We clicked really well and played some great doubles. I’m really happy with this win and I’m excited for our future together in doubles,” Mikael Ymer added.