Monday, October 22, 2012
Juan Martin del Potro beat Grega Zemlja 7-5, 6-3 to win the Erste Bank Open title.
"It's been a fantastic week," Del Potro said. "Coming back to the tour and being seeded No. 1 put me under pressure. I am so happy now. Winning a tournament means a lot. It's important to have a good end to the year."
Del Potro still has chances to pick up one of the remaining berths at the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London.
"That was on my mind coming here," he said. "I am looking even better now ... but I still have two big tournaments and must do well in Basel and Paris."
Delpo survived a shaky start against Zemlja. At 2-2 he was broken but from 2-4 down, he won 11 of the next 15 games to close out the victory.
“I didn’t have a very good start to the match. I made a lot of errors and I was nervous because it was a final,” del Potro said. “I tried to find a way to play aggressive. In the second set, I broke early and that gave me confidence to play the final like I was expected. I was a little lucky to survive from 2-4 down in the first set.”
“I am satisfied with the way I played. I did my best,” said Zemlja. “I felt I played really well the first seven games. Maybe I wasn’t serving my best, but I was fighting till the end. I think Juan played really well from 4-4 (in the first set), to 3-0 (in the second set). He was serving really good.
"In the first seven games, I was aggressive," Zemlja said. "I thought I was ahead of him regarding my game plan. It didn't work out in the closing stages of the first set and from then on he was the better player. Del Potro raised his level and his forehand is the best in the world."
“I’m happy with how I played all week. I just have to continue with that. Also, I still have two Challengers to play at the end of the year. I have to get motivated to play the same level as I did here.”