Del Potro strolls to Sydney title, Isner aces Auckland
By Nick Mulvenney
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro served notice of his strong form ahead of the Australian Open when he crushed defending champion Bernard Tomic 6-3 6-1 in the final of the Sydney International on Saturday.
The 2009 U.S. Open champion simply overpowered the talented but inconsistent Australian on Ken Rosewall Arena, bringing the one-sided contest to a close with a booming service winner after 53 minutes to claim his 18th career title.
Playing near faultless tennis, Del Potro served with venom and unleashed powerful forehands and backhands that forced a string of errors from the overwhelmed Tomic.
"Finals never are easy, but I was surprise by my level tonight. I think I played great," said Del Potro.
"My forehand worked perfectly, I made a lot of winners, many aces, played good slices. Every long rally we played I won all of them."
Seeded fifth at Melbourne Park, the 25-year-old looks to be approaching the sort of form that secured him his greatest triumph at Flushing Meadows before a wrist injury nearly ended his career.
"In Melbourne playing five-set matches, the body has to respond 100 percent all the time," he added.
"I think I did good preparation during the off-season, and I will see what happens next week." Continued...