Top seed Juan Martin Del Potro ended John Isner’s recent winning streak by turning around their Citi Open 2013 final clash – the Argentine was thus crowned the Washington king for the third time after claiming two consecutive titles at the ATP World Tour 500 event in 2008 and 2009. This was his fourth victory over the American number one in as many matches; all of them came on hard courts in the United States.
The opener went according to the local hero’s plans as he broke his rival to love in the fourth game and confirmed it to move 4-1 ahead. He got close to wrapping up the set at 5-3, still he served it out in the next game for a one nil lead. The complexion of the match changed drastically in the second set – this time it was Delpo who broke to love in the fourth game which meant the eighth-seeded US player suffered his first loss of serve since round one. He would drop another service game few minutes later and the top seed had no problems making it one set a piece. The World no. 7 Argentine maintained the high level of game and had the upper hand in the decider as well as he constructed a double break lead and celebrated a 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 triumph after converting the first championship point. He prevented the big-serving American smashing more than six aces, whilst he won 82% of first serve rallies and rescued four out of five break points over the course of the match that lasted one hour and a half.
“I found a really quick break in the second [set] and that helped me to keep fighting and improving my game,” said Del Potro after conquering his second ATP tournament in 2013 and the fifteenth in total.”In the third, I played my best tennis of the tournament.”