Juan Martin del Potro wins hard-fought Japan Open final

World number seven Del Potro, given a wildcard to play his first tournament since a shock second-round exit at last month's US Open, secured the crucial break in the 11th game of the second set with a clinical backhand volley.

updated: October 06, 2013 13:45 IST
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Tokyo: Top seed Juan Martin del Potro survived some fierce body blows from Milos Raonic in Sunday's Japan Open final, winning a heavyweight clash 7-6, 7-5 to capture his third title of the year.

Third seed Raonic, also runner-up last year, had proved an irresistible force at the $1.43 million Tokyo event, not dropping a single set and firing a tournament-high 64 aces before running into an immovable object in the shape of del Potro.

Another 17 had failed to get the job done against the giant Argentinian.

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