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Del Potro Dethrones Tomic In Sydney

Sydney, Australia

del Potro© Getty ImagesJuan Martin del Potro won his 18th tour-level title.

Top seed Juan Martin del Potro captured his 18th tour-level title on Saturday as he dethroned reigning champion Bernard Tomic, 6-3, 6-1, in the final of the Apia International Sydney

"Starting the year in this way is very, very positive," said del Potro. "I'm looking forward for the rest of the season. I need to still work in the same conditions and the same way. Now it starts the hardest tournament for us, and I will see if I can go farther than last year in Melbourne."

Del Potro has won five tournaments in a row as the top seed, following victories at Basel (2013), Tokyo (2013), Washington (2013) and Vienna (2012). He received $82,040 and 250 Emirates ATP Ranking points, while runner-up Tomic earned $43,210 and 150 Emirates ATP Ranking points.

The 25-year-old del Potro is the first Argentine to win the Sydney title since David Nalbandian triumphed in 2009. He improved to an 18-7 finals record; last year he lifted four trophies.

Del Potro improved to a 2-0 FedEx ATP Head2Head record over Tomic as he lost just six points on serve in the 53-minute match. The Tandil native broke Tomic four times and hit eight aces. He was presented with the trophy by Ken Rosewell, whom the centre court is named after in Sydney.

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"The finals never are easy, but I was surprised of my level tonight," said del Potro. "I think I played great. My forehand worked perfectly; I made a lot winners; many aces; I played good slices. 

"I think Bernard was a little frustrated after seeing me very focused on the match and hitting the ball so well. He is still young in some moments of the match, but he has everything to win titles, and he will reach finals very, very soon."

"Juan played too good," said Tomic. "There was nothing I could do. I knew it was going to be like that where either he plays very good or gives me more chances. 

"Tonight showed why he's that quality of a player. So there was nothing I could have done. I tried to keep up, but he kept playing the way he was playing. I haven't seen a guy play a second set like that. It was too good."

The 21-year-old Tomic was looking to retain the title he won with victory over Kevin Anderson last year. The Australian had powered through the draw unseeded and now goes on to face World No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the first round of the Australian Open.

"I'm obviously heading to Melbourne tomorrow," said Tomic. "Going to be an amazing match for me on Tuesday against Rafa. I'm going to prepare as best I can. It's a tough ask. Obviously tonight I wanted to win this championship; couldn't do it. Juan played too good. Now my focus is on playing Rafa."

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