Del Potro tops Raonic in final to take Japan Open title

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10/6/2013 2:58:53 AM
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TOKYO -- Juan Martin del Potro defeated Canada's Milos Raonic 7-6 (5), 7-5 for the Japan Open title on Sunday.

The loss drops the Thornhill, Ont., product to 41-18 on the year, but Raonic is currently in 10th position in the battle for the eight-player season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour finals in London next month.

Raonic is now 5-5 in title matches, having won his fifth ATP title at the Thailand Open in Bangkok last week.

The first set lasted 54 minutes and included a rally by del Potro that bounced him back from a 0-2 deficit in the tie-break. Though Raonic put pressure on the Argentine throughout the set, he could not capitalize.

Tied at 5-5 in the second set, del Potro locked in and broke Raonic to go up 6-5, then held serve to secure the 7-5 victory.

After the match, Raonic congratulated his opponent and thanked the fans for showing their support throughout the tournament. Nobuo Kuroyanagi, the President of the Japan Tennis Association, then presented del Potro with the 16th tour-level trophy of his career.

The 22-year-old Raonic is no stranger to the Japan Open final. He was the runner-up to Kei Nishikori in Tokyo last year.

Del Potro, the 2009 U.S. Open champion, was a late addition to the tournament after Andy Murray withdrew due to a back injury. The Japan Open marks his third title of the year, adding to wins in Rotterdam and Washington.

Juan Martin del Potro (Photo: Koji Watanabe/Getty Images)


(Photo: Koji Watanabe/Getty Images)
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