Juan Martin Delpotro named his 14th title as Rotterdam open yesterday by defeating Julien Benneteau who made upset of Roger Federer in the quarter finals.
The Argentine took 1hr and 37min to clear his ways to win the title. Del Potro received 500 Emirates ATP Rankings points and €305,000 in prize money.
“It’s amazing. I’m so happy to win this tournament,” said del Potro. “I played really well from the first round to the final. I think I played the way I needed to, to win this kind of tournament.”
Medical timeout for Delpo
Benneteau rallied hard, but the biggest problem del Potro faced in the second set was an untimely nose bleed. Having missed four match points on Benneteau’s serve in the eighth game, del Potro needed a short break with medical assistance to stem his nose bleed, and was forced to serve out the match with a cotton wool plug. Undeterred, he closed out the victory with a love service game.
“I had been serving well all week, but at the beginning of the match I was nervous and he broke me,” said del Potro. “Then in the second set I felt confident on my first serve and didn’t give him a chance to break me. I closed the match with a fantastic service game. He deserved to be in the final. He played a really good match today. He was fighting all the time and I think I did a very good job today.”
“I have a big nose!” joked del Potro about the nose bleed he suffered. “Maybe it was nerves, getting close to finishing the match and winning the tournament. But it was not dangerous and I felt fine to close out the match at 5-3.”
The 31-year-old Benneteau had stunned top seed and defending champion Roger Federer in the quarter-finals, recording his 200th tour-level win, before ousting fifth-seeded countryman Gilles Simon in the semi-finals. The Frenchman has a 10-5 record on the season, having also reached the Apia International Sydney semi-finals (l. to Anderson) and the quarter-finals last week at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier (l. to Gasquet).
“I fought hard to come back in the first set,” said Benneteau. “I was always under pressure, I had to save a lot of break points. It’s difficult to keep that level of intensity all the time. He did that better than me.
“It was a good match. I was not too tight, I played my game. He was just too strong today. It’s disappointing because it’s a final, but I did what I could.”
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