ATP Japan Open: Juan Martin Del Potro beats Milos Raonic 7-6 (7/5) 7-5 in Tokyo final
Last Updated: 06/10/13 10:45am
Juan Martin Del Potro: With the trophy in Tokyo
Top seed Juan Martin Del Potro muscled his way past Milos Raonic to clinch the Japan Open title in Tokyo on Sunday.
The Argentinian eventually came through a predictably big-hitting contest in one hour and 46 minutes, recording a 7-6 (7/5) 7-5 triumph.
Raonic - runner-up to local hero Kei Nishikori 12 months ago - had not dropped a set on his way to the final, blasting a tournament record 64 aces in the process.
He managed to fire down another 17 against Del Potro, but it did not prove enough as the South American produced an immaculate serving display of his own to emerge victorious.
A tight first set predictably went to a tie-break and, after securing a mini-break, Del Potro served it out with a booming ace to get his nose in front.
The second set was similarly close although Raonic did not manage to engineer a single break-point opportunity on his opponent's serve.
Del Potro created three and crucially took the third of them in the 11th game with a clinical backhand volley.
Serving to close out the contest he double-faulted on his first match point, but he made no mistake on his second as he whipped a forehand pass across his rival to seal victory.
The win takes del Potro up to fifth in the Race to London standings for the season-ending World Tour Finals, while Raonic climbs to tenth.