Juan Martin del Potro Stockholm Trophy Run Five Points

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Juan Martin del Potro’s comeback to the ATP tour has gone from strength to strength since Delray Beach and was sealed with a title run in Stockholm. The Tennis Review looks at the Argentine’s return to men’s tennis’ Champion’s circle.

The Stockholm trophy is del Potro’s first since Sydney ‘14

del Potro’s latest trophy has been a long time coming, nearly three years, and his comeback success has been met with welcome arms by his devoted fans and by neutrals who admire his great serve and forehand, two weapons del Potro has been firing since his return and which are particularly explosive on indoor hard courts like those found in Stockholm.

Another title has been on the cards considering the great form del Potro has displayed since coming back to the tour in Delray Beach and reaching the Semis. The Argentine followed that impressive return with another semi-final finish in Stuttgart, a runner-up finish in Rio, and a quarter-final finish at the US Open.

That impressive string of results has now been crowned with the ATP 250 trophy in Stockholm, his first title since the 2014 Sydney ATP 250 title.

Del Potro did not drop a set on his run to the title.

Del Potro had to get through a tough draw, too, beating John Isner (ranked 27 going into the event), Nicolas Amalgro (41), Ivo Karlovic (21), the in-form Grigor Dimitrov (18), and Jack Sock (23).

That’s a pretty strong, big serving field on indoor hard, and del Potro dismantled them all in straight sets.

Del Porto’s serve was particularly impressive in the indoor conditions. Over the course of his championship winning run, the Argentine faced just 8 break points in 49 service games, and failed to defend just two of them, both against Grigor Dimitrov. The Argentine also did not face a single break point versus Isner, Amalgro or Sock.

Stockholm is del Potro’s 19th career trophy.

Del Potro has won 5 of his 19 career titles on indoor hard, and has won 15 hard court titles overall including the 2009 US Open trophy.

Del Potro is now ranked 42.

Del Potro is now 28-11 in 2016 in ATP events, and has climbed from a ranking of 1045 (08.02.2016) to 42, a climb of 1003 spots over 12 events and ten months.

42 is del Potro’s highest ranking since October 20 2014 when he was ranked 29.

The ATP’s top players will be hoping del Potro gets a top 32 seeding by the Australian Open

Since coming back to the tour, del Potro has beaten the likes of Stan Wawrinka, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Dominic Thiem, and Rafa Nadal.

15 of del Potro’s 34 wins (including ITF events in Rio and the Davis Cup) have come against players ranked in the ATP’s top 32, an ominous sign for the potential top 32 seeds in 2017’s Australian Open. Seeds who will be hoping del Potro joins them.

The Argentine currently has 1020 points while world No.32 and recent Moscow champion Pablo Carreno Busta has 1,360.

Del Potro will next be competing in Basel (where he faces Robin Hasse in round 1 and could meet David Goffin in round 2) and a deep run there would help his Australian Open seeding chances.

However, while del Potro’s seeded rivals will be happy if he joins them, it won’t make much difference to the man himself if he misses out. Seeded or not in Melbourne, the Argentine has the weapons and the heart, if his Stockholm title and Rio and US Open 2016 runs are anything to go by, to do damage whoever the seed, whatever the round.

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Christian Deverille

Christian Deverille is a tennis writer with a diploma in Freelance Sports Writing from the London School of Journalism. He loves all things tennis, most of all the Federer and del Potro forehands.

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