Sunday, May 6, 2012
Juan Martin del Potro defeated Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-2 to win the 2012 Estoril Open title.
Del Potro broke to love in the first game to set the tone, but Gasquet put up a fight throughout an opening set which lasted 54 minutes.
The Frenchman saved break points in the fifth and seventh games before Delpo sealed the set with a concluding break.
Del Potro broke in the first game of the second set, converting his third break point chance with a forehand winner down the line into space. He took a 4-1 lead, with yet another powerful forehand winner and went onto record his fourth straight win in five minutes over Gasquet.
"I felt I played well really well today," said del Potro. "I felt it was my best match of the week, so I am very glad for that to get another title in Estoril.
"I play really aggressive all the time and I felt really confident on my forehand. I grew in confidence every game. It is important for me. I played my best to beat Gasquet.
"I am getting closer and closer to my best form. I have worked really hard at home and now I have another important tournament next week to improve further. If I play as well as I did today over the coming days, I will be happy."
"He played very well, he's very powerful, has a great a service, a great forehand and backhand," said Gasquet. "He deserved this win. He played better than me. He's very tall and has a good second serve and was hitting the ball very well. He was the better player today.
"It's always disappointing to lose a final. [In the others finals I have lost] I lost five times to Djokovic, [Roger] Federer, now del Potro. They were better than me.
"It's good for me to reach a final. It was a good tournament to prepare for the clay season. I get confidence from this tournament."
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