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Del Potro Defeats Llodra To Lift Marseille Trophy

Marseille, France

Del Potro© AFP/Getty ImagesJuan Martin del Potro improved to 3-0 against Michael Llodra.

No. 4 seed Juan Martin del Potro captured his first title of the season at the Open 13 Sunday, defeating Michael Llodra 6-4, 6-4 in Marseille to lift his 10th career ATP World Tour trophy.

Del Potro put 73 per cent of his first serves in play, winning 36 of 40 points. He broke Llodra once in each set to wrap up the final victory in 83 minutes. The Argentine increased his undefeated record against the 2010 titlist to a 3-0 mark, having also claimed their first-round encounter at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam last week. "Llodra has a very difficult game to play against. He hits drop shots, he slices, so it's not easy to play against him,"  said del Potro.

"All finals are special. Many things come to your mind... I was 0/30 down in the last game. I was really nervous. I didn't make a double fault since the Davydenko match and I had one at 5-4, serving for the match, so you could see how nervous I was. I'm really glad I won another tournament here in France, so it's amazing for me."

The win gives del Potro his first indoor crown, after finishing runner-up in his previous three indoor title matches. He improved his final record to 10-5, taking home his first title since winning the Estoril Open (d. Verdasco) in 2011. "When you win a title, it's special. You really have to celebrate it," believes 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."

Llodra was appearing in his first final since hoisting the AEGON International trophy in Eastbourne two years ago. The loss was just his third in 18 matches at the ATP World Tour 250 event. "Juan Martin played a great match and didn't give me any opportunities on his serve. He was impresive on his serve," said Llodra.

"I was a bit less strong with the most important parts of my game like my serve and my volley. He served well and we know the quality of his ground strokes so there wasn't much I could do. Therefore, I don't have any regrets. He was just better than me even though I kept fighting until the end."

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