Del Potro strolls to Sydney title, Isner aces Auckland

Sat Jan 11, 2014 6:41am EST
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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...

Kei Nishikori of Japan holds the trophy after winning the final against Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic at the Kooyong Classic tennis tournament in Melbourne January 11, 2014. REUTERS/David Gray