Good job JMDP, title #12 Shaky first set, but good second set. Hope he can stay healthy, continue to find his rhythm back in the remaining tournaments of the year and compete for bigger titles (namely Slams) next year.
Only broken once the entire week, very good serving performance
But even so, amid the tornadoed Atlantic of my being, do I myself still for ever centrally disport in mute calm; and while ponderous planets of unwaning woe revolve round me, deep down and deep inland there I still bathe me in eternal mildness of joy. - Melville, Moby Dick
You never know how a player will do in his 1st final, but Greg looks to me to be a guy who hasn`t fear against tops which doesn`t allow to him to go with his shots.
At least one set will be close, IMO. Delpo doesn`t return solid at all this tournament (yep, he had bigservers in the draw though) and Zemlja is a fighter. 6-3, 7-5 in JMDP`s favour I guess, the difference will be in ability to finish possible easy shots after one stroke. Delpo`s forehand > almost all Zemlja`s game.
Difficult first set for JMDP, Zemlja had multiple opportunities to break at 4-4 (I think, though it may have been 5-5) having previously been up a break as well. Classic tale against a better opponent, if you miss your chances, you're going to regret it. Still, excellent effort from Zemlja and a good week of performances to look back on. For Del Potro, the title is of value points wise and gaining match time, otherwise unremarkable.
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