DEL POTRO BEATS BENNETEAU
STRAIGHT SETS TO WIN ABN AMRO
2/17/2013 11:23:16 AM
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands — Juan Martin Del Potro beat Julien Benneteau 7-6 (2), 6-3 Sunday to win the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, going one better than his runner-up spot last year to win his 14th ATP title.
Benneteau managed what no other player at the tournament achieved — breaking Del Potro’s service twice in the first set — but always struggled to hold his own service against the big-hitting Argentine and crumbled in the second set.
The 2009 U.S. Open winner had not dropped a service game heading into the final. He lost last year’s final to Roger Federer.
Benneteau, who ended the No. 2-ranked Federer’s quest to defend his title in the quarterfinals, is now 0-8 in ATP finals.
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