Argentina’s Just Martin del Potro has capped off a dream week at the Mexican Open with a comprehensive 6-4, 6-4, win over Kevin Anderson.
The 29-year-old valiantly fought off some stern resistance from his opponent by outperforming him in almost every aspect of the match. Del Potro sealed victory with the help of 26 winners compared to only 15 unforced errors. A slight improvement on Anderson’s 25 and 18. Furthermore, the former US Open champion didn’t face a single break point as he capitalized on Anderson’s below-par second serve, which recorded a 42% success rate (11/26).
On route to his first ATP 500 title since the 2013 Swiss Indoors, Del Potro managed to record three consecutive wins over top 10 players. Prior to Anderson, he also managed to get the better of Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem. It is the first time he has managed to achieve the triple since the 2009 ATP World Tour Finals.
“It’s a very special tournament to me. I beat three Top 10 guys in the same tournament, which is very important for myself. I’m so glad to win my 21st title playing in Acapulco,” Del Potro said.
As a result of his latest victory, the Argentine will break back into the top eight of the Emirates rankings for the first time since July 2014 on Monday. Also guaranteeing him a top eight seeding at the upcoming BNP Paribas Masters in Indian Wells.