Sydney, Australia (4E Sports) – Top seed Juan Martin del Potro bagged the Apia International Sydney title, dethroning reigning champion Bernard Tomic via a 6-3, 6-1 victory Saturday.
“Starting the year in this way is very, very positive,” said del Potro, who bagged his 18th tour-level title. “I’m looking forward for the rest of the season. I need to still work in the same conditions and the same way.”
Del Potro is the first Argentine to win the Sydney title since David Nalbandian triumphed in 2009. He improved to an 18-7 finals record and lifted four trophies last year.
Also, the 25-year-old Del Potro has won five tournaments in a row as the top seed, following victories at Basel (2013), Tokyo (2013), Washington (2013) and Vienna (2012).
He received $82,040 and 250 ATP Ranking points while Tomic earned $43,210 and 150 ATP Ranking points.
Del Potro improved his head-to-head record against Tomic to 2-0 as he lost just six points on serve in the 53-minute match, breaking his opponent four times and hitting eight aces.
“Juan played too good,” said Tomic. “There was nothing I could do. I knew it was going to be like that where either he plays very good or gives me more chances.”
Meanwhile, world No. 14 John Isner claimed his eighth ATP World Tour title with a 7-6(4), 7-6(7) victory over Yen-Hsun Lu in the final of the Heineken Open in Auckland.
The American won his first title at this ATP World Tour 250 tournament in 2010, with victory over Arnaud Clement.
Isner’s two titles in Auckland are the only trophies he has won outside of the United States. He has an 8-9 finals record, having reached four finals last year.
With the win, Isner earned $82,500 and 250 ATP Ranking points, while Lu received $43,450 and 150 ATP Ranking points.