Argentine Juan Martin del Potro easily discarded crowd favorite Jurgen Melzer in Sunday's final at the Austrian Open. The 19-year-old Del Potro, who won his first-ever title last week in Stuttgart, captured his second straight ATP singles title.
"These were two great weeks for me, really unbelievable," said Del Potro, who conceded 29 games in five matches in the clay-court tournament. "I can only dream that I will be able to play on at this level."
It was Melzer's first final of the year. The Austrian is 1-6 in finals, winning only in Bucharest, Romania, in 2006.
"I am very disappointed, obviously," Melzer said. "Everything went wrong today and he was just too good. It was a great tournament anyway, as I'd never reached the final here before."
The world No. 44 del Potro has now won his last 10 matches. He hasn't tasted defeat since a second-round setback to Stanislas Wawrinka at Wimbledon.
The Argentine improved his season record to 19-8. He also improves to 3-0 lifetime against the 27-year-old Melzer, beating him in straight sets at the 2007 U.S. Open and winning a grueling five-setter in a first-round Davis Cup tie last year.
(source The Canadian Press, photo/K. JOSCH/AFP/Getty Images)
Posted by Lana On 7/20/2008 06:04:00 PM