Basilashvili stuns ailing Del Potro for Beijing title

Annette Crawford
October 10, 2018

"I've been training hard to play at this level", Del Potro, who has booked his spot in next month's season-ending ATP Finals in London, said.

The top seed Juan Martin del Potro is through to his 35th ATP final and the sixth of the season and he didn't even have to step on the court today, with Fabio Fognini withdrawing before their semi-final match due to an ankle injury. "Nikoloz played unbelievable. He played a really strong game, and played smart points in the important moments".

Basilashvili clawed his way back to drag the set into a tie-break, which he won.

But the 30-year-old never looked close to his best against Basilashvili, who won his maiden ATP title in Hamburg in July. Basilashvili increased his aggression, finding success on his forehand side to stride into a one-set lead."I had a really good game plan, first of all. I think that was the key". But, despite holding three break points, Del Potro was unable to convert as Basilashvili connected on multiple backhands to escape with a service hold.

"Nikoloz played unbelievable. He played a really strong game", Del Potro added.

For the victory in Beijing, the Georgians will get 500 ranking points and 733 thousands of dollars in prize money.

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