Before the start of the tournament, Juan Martin Del Potro was making an interesting statement. He claimed that he is in a great physical shape and highly believes that he will retain his title.
And indeed he proved that. He showed maturity, patience, hard work and big desire to play and win.
Through out the tournament in Stockholm, the Tower of Tandil played great defensively, controlling the rallies from the baseline. He served big and had composure during the important points.
The Argentinian met Grigor Dimitrov in the final. The Bulgarian was impressive in this tournament and people were expecting a fierce fight in between two in-form players. It wasn’t the case.
Dimitrov was attacking more often, but was making a lot of unforced errors. Also, couldn’t read too often Del Potro’s serve. The Argentinian was controlling the rallies from the baseline or defended great when he was pushed back by the Bulgarian.
Grigor was too inconsistent to really have a shot at the title. He was often passed when trying to attack and couldn’t reproduce the spectacular form from earlier in the week.
If the first set was close, the second was a one-way affair, Del Potro crushing Dimitrov. The Argentinian claimed the first title of 2017 with a dominant display, 6-4, 6-2.
An awkward situation was when Del Potro received the Cup and Dimitrov didn’t get anything. Maybe because that’s the reality: nobody remembers the finalist, the history speaks about the winner.