A bold performance from DelPo  that gave him his first title indoors (tenth in total). The Argentine broke at 4-all in 1st and 2-all in 2nd set, allowing Llodra  to get ‘deuce’ only once in his ten service games. “When you win a title, it’s special. You really have to celebrate it,” said Del Potro. “I think I am getting closer to the best players in the world. I’m in the Top 10 now. I beat Berdych last week and Tsonga this week. If I keep working, staying at this level, step by step, I’ll get closer to the top players.” One week before Del Potro & Llodra had faced each other in the first round in Rotterdam, and DelPo survived in three sets (6-4 6-7 6-4) as well as their first round encounter in Marseille in the following year (3-6 7-6 7-5).
Del Potro’s route to the title:
2 Nikolay Davydenko 6-7(6), 6-4 ret.
Q Richard Gasquet 7-5, 7-6(5)
S Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 6-7(9), 6-3
W Michael Llodra 6-4, 6-4
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