Del Potro triumphs over Llodra in final

Del Potro triumphs over Llodra in final

Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro claimed his 10th career ATP title when he beat local favourite Michael Llodra 6-4, 6-4 in the final of the Marseille Open on Sunday.

The fourth-seeded Del Potro conceded only 13 points on serve as he easily coped with the unseeded Llodra's swashbuckling style.
Del Potro, the 2009 US Open champion whose career has been hampered by injuries, broke once in each set and never faced a break point to prevail after 82 minutes.

"It is a really nice moment. I'm really glad to win this tournament," Del Potro, the world number 10, told a courtside interviewer. "I think that sometimes I play smarter than three or four years ago."

Ferrer faces Almagro

World number five David Ferrer overwhelmed local fav-ourite David Nalbandian 6-1, 6-4 on Saturday and will meet holder Nicolas Almagro in Sunday's all-Spanish Buenos Aires Open final.

Number two seed Almagro beat Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 in the first semifinal before top seed Ferrer's crushing victory, which included a rain delay, in the claycourt tournament in windy conditions.

Ferrer, runner-up two years ago, was always in control against former world number three Nalbandian, who was looking to boost his ranking from his current 85th place in a bid to qualify for the London Olympic Games.

The Spaniard won on his third match point after Nalbandian had saved two when 3-5 down in the previous game. Nalbandian attempted a drop shot which Ferrer just managed to
reach to lift the ball over the Argentine and into the corner for the victory.

“Everything I did came out perfectly. David maybe didn't have a very good day and I was able to take advantage of that,” Ferrer said in a courtside interview.