Del Potro beats Tipsarevic for first win at ATP Finals 2012

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Juan Martin Del Potro achieved his first ATP World Tour Finals victory after a smooth triumph over Janko Tipsarevic.

Sixth seed Del Potro dominated the clash of players who were defeated in their opening games in the group B. The first set was a one-way traffic as eighth seed Tipsarevic got brushed aside without clinching a single game. The Serb was in knock-down as Del Potro confirmed a couple of breaks by 4-0 and created six break points in the following game before forcing Tipsarevic’s error with a strong backhand. The Argentine was now 5-0 up and his last service game of the opener was a mere formality. Del Potro won 71% percent of second serve points while Tipsarevic did not make it past 15 percent in this category. Interestingly, none of the first set points was claimed at the net.

The set number two was a bit more exciting as Tipsarevic regained some confidence thanks to escaping yet another break ball threat and finally getting on the board by holding an opening game. However, he was broken four games later which was enough an advantage for very consistent Argentine to serve for the match at 5-4. A glimpse of hope for the Serb as he won the first rally after a long exchange, but the game was all Del Potro from then on, and a double match ball was soon to follow. Tipsarevic’s backhand return landed behind the baseline, so Del Potro took his first London victory in London with a 6-0, 6-4 final score.

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