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Tennis: Del Potro still searching for elusive second Slam

Juan Martin del Potro promised to keep working for an elusive second Grand Slam title after yet another chance slipped through his fingers at the Australian Open. Expectations are habitually high for the towering world number five and optimism rose anew when he thumped Bernard Tomic in last week's Sydney International final. But the 2009 US Open champion struggled in Melbourne and he was taken to four sets by qualifier Rhyne Williams in the first round, before crashing out to Spain's Roberto Agut Bautista in the second.

Nadal advances to Aussie Open 3rd round; Del Potro stunned

International Sports Desk, Jan 16 (EFE).- Spain's Rafael Nadal defeated 17-year-old home-crowd favorite Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 Thursday in a second-round match played indoors due to extreme weather conditions, but Argentine Juan Martin del Potro was stunned in five sets by Roberto Bautista Agut. Temperatures as high as 109 F at Melbourne Park forced the postponement of matches on the outer courts and the closure of the roof on Rod Laver Arena, where Nadal's match got under way several hours later than originally scheduled.

Nadal advances to Aussie Open 3rd round; Del Potro stunned

International Sports Desk, Jan 16 (EFE).- Spain's Rafael Nadal defeated 17-year-old home-crowd favorite Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 Thursday in a second-round match played indoors due to extreme weather conditions, but Argentine Juan Martin del Potro was stunned in five sets by Roberto Bautista Agut. Temperatures as high as 109 F at Melbourne Park forced the postponement of matches on the outer courts and the closure of the roof on Rod Laver Arena, where Nadal's match got under way several hours later than originally scheduled.

Del Potro strolls to Sydney title, Isner aces Auckland

By Nick Mulvenney SYDNEY (Reuters) - Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro served notice of his strong form ahead of the Australian Open when he crushed defending champion Bernard Tomic 6-3 6-1 in the final of the Sydney International on Saturday. The 2009 U.S. Open champion simply overpowered the talented but inconsistent Australian on Ken Rosewall Arena, bringing the one-sided contest to a close with a booming service winner after 53 minutes.

Tennis: Del Potro overpowers Tomic in Sydney final

Juan Martin del Potro bludgeoned Bernard Tomic with his powerful forehand to win a lopsided Sydney International final on Saturday. The Argentine world number five took just 53 minutes to master the Australian defending champion 6-3, 6-1. It was del Potro's 18th career title and he became the first Argentine to win in Sydney since David Nalbandian in 2009. It was the ideal lead in to Monday's Australian Open for del Potro, who plays a qualifier in the first round and is seeded to face world number one Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals.

Tennis: Del Potro overpowers Tomic in Sydney final

Juan Martin del Potro bludgeoned Bernard Tomic with his powerful forehand to win the Sydney International final on Saturday. The Argentine world number five took just 53 minutes to put away the Australian defending champion 6-3, 6-1. It was del Potro's 18th career title and he became the first Argentine to win in Sydney since David Nalbandian in 2009. It was the ideal lead in to Monday's Australian Open for del Potro, who plays a qualifier in the first round and is seeded to face world number one Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals.

Tennis: Sydney International results

Result of a match played at the Sydney International on Saturday (x denotes seed): Men's singles final: Juan Martin del Potro (ARG x1) bt Bernard Tomic (AUS) 6-3, 6-1 afp

Tennis: Del Potro overpowers Tomic in Sydney final

Juan Martin del Potro bludgeoned Bernard Tomic with his powerful forehand to win a lopsided Sydney International final on Saturday. The Argentine world number five took just 53 minutes to master the Australian defending champion 6-3, 6-1. It was del Potro's 18th career title and he became the first Argentine to win in Sydney since David Nalbandian in 2009. It was the ideal lead in to Monday's Australian Open for del Potro, who plays a qualifier in the first round and is seeded to face world number one Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals.

Del Potro, Tomic to meet in Sydney, Ferrer falls

By Nick Mulvenney SYDNEY (Reuters) - Former U.S. Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro underlined his status as a dark horse for next week's Australian Open by hammering Dmitry Tursunov to reach the final of the Sydney International on Friday. Spain's world number three David Ferrer, however, had his bid for a fifth Auckland Open title ended in the semi-finals by a 6-4 7-6 (7-4) defeat to unheralded Taiwanese Lu Yen-hsun.

Tennis: Del Potro through to Sydney final

World number five Juan Martin del Potro powered his way into his first Sydney International final with a straight sets demolition of Dmitry Tursunov on Friday. Del Potro had his big serve firing as he rolled to a 6-4, 6-2 win over the Russian fourth seed in 64 minutes. Del Potro, the top seed, will face either Australian defending champion Bernard Tomic or Ukraine's Sergiy Stakhovsky in Saturday's decider. The first Argentine to reach the Sydney final since David Nalbandian in 2009, del Potro broke Tursunov's serve three times and was formidable on his own service.
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