Del Potro Repeats Stockholm Title; Tsonga Wins Antwerp Crown; Dzumhur Claims Moscow Title

published: Oct, 22, 2017

by: Nima Naderi

Intrum Stockholm Open—Stockholm, Sweden

Towering Argentine Juan Martin del Potro captured his 20th career title in Stockholm, Sweden on Sunday, defeating top seed Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-2. In a match that was comprehensively dictated by del Potro, the 29-year-old won 76 percent of his first serve points and broke serve on three occasions. Saving all four break points against his delivery, del Potro improved to 6-2 against Dimitrov in lifetime meetings, while increasing his chances of qualifying for the ATP World Tour Final in London, England.

Dimitrov, who was aiming to qualifying for London with a victory in Stockholm, will be hopeful of booking his spot in the season-ending event by going deep in the Vienna, Austria event next week.

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European Open—Antwerp, Belgium

Wild-card recipient and No. 2 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga notched his fourth title of the season and 16th overall on Sunday in Antwerp, Belgium, dismissing feisty Argentine Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 7-5. Needing 91 minutes to seal his victory, Tsonga slammed eight aces and broke serve on four occasions.

Currently ranked No. 17 in the world, Tsonga improved to 34-12 on the season and will now look for a late season push into the Nitto ATP Finals in London.

Schwartzman, who was looking to claim his second career title, fell to 37-26 on the year.

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VTB Kremlin Cup—Moscow, Russia

No. 6 seed Damir Dzumhur continued his breakout season on Tour, winning his second-career title in Moscow, Russia on Sunday over Ricardas Berankis 6-2, 1-6, 6-4. Overcoming a 0-40 deficit in the final game of the match to claim the title, Dzuhmur also won the event in St. Petersburg, Russia earlier this year.

Berankis, who was in search of maiden career title, fell to 0-2 in finals. The 27-year-old also lost in the finals of the Los Angeles event in 2012.

Nima Naderi

http://www.tennisconnected.com

Founder and Creative Director of TennisConnected.com. He has over 25 years of coaching experience and is an award winning coach with the PTR. Nima has written articles for the ATPWorldTour.com, TennisCanada.com, TennisViewMagazine and Tennis Pro Magazine. He is also the co-host of the TennisConnected PodCast, the Operations Director for Premium Court and the Tournament Director for the Caribbean Cup Tennis Series.

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