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Del Potro clinches third Washington crown


 

Originally published on: 05/08/13 00:00

The Argentine made a slow start as opponent John Isner won the opening set, but Del Potro roared back to secure a 3-6 6-1 6-2 victory and with it his second title of the season.

The former US Open champion won seven games in a row from 1-1 in the second set to level the scores and open up an early break in the decider before streaking to victory. It is Del Potro's third title in the US capital after he triumphed in 2008 and 2009.

"It’s amazing. I’m so happy to win here once again," he said. "Always when you win a tournament, it’s special, it’s big. And after Wimbledon, to be in my first tournament on hard court, it means a lot."

Isner, whose eight-match winning streak came to an end in the final, leads the Emirates Airline US Open Series Bonus Challenge following his victory at the BB&T Atlanta Open last week.

"I take a lot of positives out of these two weeks given how I played during these matches," Isner said. "I won a bunch of close matches en route to the title last week and the final today. Winning last week and making it to the finals here are very good results."

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