In a highly anticipated final match against America’s Jack Sock, Juan Del Potro finally pulls out a victory with a score of 7-5, 6-1. This brings to an end, Del Potro’s 33 month drought which, as you can imagine, any athlete is overjoyed to see happen. After coming in 1st in Rio, an impressive quarterfinal at the US Open, and not to forget the great showing against Andy Murray in the Davis Cup semis, Juan has certainly been something of a wild card in Tennis this 2016 year. There is certainly no doubt when he turns it on, he is a force to be reckoned with which Jack Sock saw first hand.
I quite enjoyed watching the first set in the Stockholm Open Final. Certainly many points felt like Juan had complete control over the pace and direction of the match. You often saw the same story with Del Potro exploiting Sock’s lack of speed, hitting far corners until he couldn’t get there in time. Sock seem to really run out steam in the second set, only achieving one game and had many far out shots which cost him dearly. In the end it was an excellent victory for Juan Del Potro, gaining him his 19th tour title and we cannot wait to see his rest of the year play out!
Gasquet and the European Open
I’ll also quickly talk about Richard Gasquet winning the European Open against Diego Schwartzman 7-6(4), 6-1. If you have some time, do yourself a favor and catch the highlights of this match. In particular, watch Gasquet decimate with his first serves going 88% on them. After winning the tie break in the first set, it seemed to go much smoother for Richard. Schwartzman fought very hard in the first set but after, and similar to Jack Sock, his stamina just didn’t hold up. Congratulations to Gasquet for winning his 14th title, second this year, in a great win over Schwartzman.