It looks like Juan Martín del Potro could be a force to be reckoned with at the Australian Open…
The 25-year-old tennis player, currently ranked No. 3 in the world, outclassed defending champion Bernard Tomic 6-3, 6-1 Saturday in a 53-minute final at the Apia International Sydney tournament.
del Potro, the week’s top-seed, finished the match with his eighth ace and made only four unforced errors in securing his 18th career title and first in Sydney.
He lost only six points on his serve, and Tomic appeared dispirited after being broken to fall behind 4-1 in the second set.
“My forehand worked perfect, I made a lot of winners, many aces, played good slices,” said del Potro. “Every long rally we played, I won all of them, which is good for my confidence. I think Bernard was a little frustrated to see me very focused on the match and hitting the ball so well.”
Tomic was more succinct.
“I got killed,” the 21-year-old Australian said. “There was nothing I could do.”
Up next for del Potro: a first-round match at the Australian Open on Tuesday — against a qualifier.