(October 21, 2012) Top seed Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina nabbed his 12th career title stopping qualifier Grega Zemlja of Slovenia 7-5, 6-3 at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna on Sunday.
“I didn’t have a very good start to the match,” Del Potrol said of falling to 2-4 in the first set. “I made a lot of errors and I was nervous because it was a final. 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.”
No. 8 Del Potro’s win strengthens his chances of making the ATP World Tour Finals.
“I’m so happy, “the Argentine said. It’s important to have a good end of the year. I’m looking forward to keep improving, keep playing well at the same level as I had here. I also look forward to London. I’m looking better to qualify there. We have two big tournaments coming next week. They have the chance to get points also, so it will be very interesting to see how we are going.”
For qualifier Zemlja it was a career week: “I am satisfied with the way I played. I did my best. 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.
“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.”