Seventh-ranked Juan Martin del Potro won his 14th career title on Sunday after denying Julien Benneteau of France his first ATP title at the ABN AMRO tournament in Rotterdam. The Argentine defeated the Frenchman 7-6, 6-3.
“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.”
Del Potro was a runner-up last year at this event after he was beaten by Roger Federer at the ATP World Tour 500 indoor hardcourt tournament. However, Federer did not reach the final because Benneteau upset the Swiss star in the quarterfinals on Friday.
“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,” he added.
For his title win, Federer received 500 Emirates ATP Rankings points and €305,000 in prize money.