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 offseason, and I will
see what happens next week."
Tomic, who faces world number one Rafa Nadal in the first round of
the Australian Open next week, admitted Del Potro had been "too
good" when the pair shook hands at the net.
American John Isner earlier claimed his second Auckland Open title
with a 7-6(4) 7-6(7) victory over an inspired Lu Yen-Hsun in a tight
final in New Zealand.
While Lu ultimately came up short in his first final, Spanish
qualifier Garbine Muguruza hammered Klara Zakopalova 6-4 6-0 in hers
to clinch a maiden WTA title at the Hobart International.
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Japan's Kei Nishikori was also a winner on Saturday when the
lucky loser finalist beat world number seven Tomas Berdych 6-4
7-5 to win the Kooyong Classic exhibition tournament.
In Auckland, Isner crashed down 23 aces but it would take more
than his big serve to corral the Taiwanese, who put on a
brilliant display of shot-making in his first ATP final.
Lu, number 62 in the world, stunned David Ferrer to end the
Spaniard's three-year reign as champion in the semi-finals but
Isner held his nerve when it mattered to edge two tiebreaks and
avoid another upset.
"I played exceptionally well today and I needed every bit of it
to come out on top," said the American, who is seeded 13th for
Melbourne Park and, like Del Potro, will meet a qualifier in the
In Hobart, Muguruza's dominance and aggression reduced the
experienced Zakopalova to tears of frustration in the second set
of the 70-minute match.
The 20-year-old was all over Zakopalova's serve from the start
and, having fended off one match point, the Czech conceded the
contest with her third double fault.
"I can't explain in words how happy I feel," Muguruza said.
"Last year I was injured for six months and it's amazing to be
It was the second day in a row that a qualifier had won her
first WTA title at an Australian Open warm-up after Tsvetana
Pironkova claimed the Sydney International women's title.
(Editing by Patrick Johnston)
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