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Del Potro Wins Biggest Title In Years

Mar 5th 2018
Juan Martin del Potro

Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC   

Singles - Final
[6] J. del Potro (ARG) d [5] K. Anderson (RSA) 64 64‚Äč

‚ÄčNotes:

- Juan Martin del Potro outplayed Kevin Anderson for the seventh time in a row in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series (7-0), beating Anderson to win the ATP World Tour 500 title.
- It's Del Potro's biggest trophy since 2013 Swiss Indoors Basel (d. Federer). The Acapulco title is also Del Potro's first title of 2018, and he had to fight through a wicked draw, including three Top 10 players, for the crown.
- The Argentine now has 21 tour-level titles and, what might be especially encouraging for Del Potro, this title on 3 March is the earliest in a season he's hoisted a trophy since 2014, when he won the Sydney International (d. Tomic) on 11 January.
- Anderson, in only his fourth tournament of the year, was already playing in his third final of the season. He was looking to win his second title of the year (New York Open, d. Querrey).
- Anderson fell to 4-12 in tour-level finals.
- For the second consecutive year, Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares captured their first tour-level title of the season in Acapulco. For the 32-year-old Murray, the win marks his 350th doubles match win and his 20th tour-level doubles title.
- Murray/Soares have now won seven tour-level trophies (7-6) as a team, including back-to-back Acapulco crowns, the first time they have defended a title together since joining forces in January 2016 at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha.

WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID

Del Potro
“It's a very special tournament to me. I beat three Top 10 guys in the same tournament, which is very important for myself. I'm so glad to win my 21st title playing in Acapulco.”

[Anderson is] a very dangerous guy. His serves are so strong but I got lucky in the important moments of my return games, and I broke just twice and that was the key of the match.”

Anderson
“I think [Del Potro] played really well. He's obviously a tough competitor and a great player. I just needed to do a little bit more today.”