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Tennis: Del Potro wins Rotterdam title over Benneteau

Juan Martin del Potro defeated Julien Benneteau 7-6 (7/2), 6-3 on Sunday to win the Rotterdam World Tennis and deny the Frenchman's dream of a first career title. Del Potro played the last game with cotton wool stuffed up one nostril due to a bloody nose which came on after the previous game in which Benneteau saved four match points. But the Argentine second seed, who lost the final here a year ago to Roger Federer eventually defeated Benneteau, Federer's conqueror in the quarter-finals, with 13 aces and three breaks of serve.

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(Recasts after second semi-final) By Theo Ruizenaar ROTTERDAM, Feb 16 (Reuters) - Argentine Juan Martin del Potro is favourite to add his name to the banner of champions wrapped around the Ahoy Arena after beating Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov 6-4 6-4 at the World Indoor Tournament on Saturday. Runner-up last year, he will face Julien Benneteau, conqueror of champion Roger Federer, in Sunday's final after the Frenchman eliminated compatriot Gilles Simon 6-4 7-6.

Tennis: Del Potro to face Benneteau in Rotterdam final

Juan Martin del Potro dispatched Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday to move into his second straight Rotterdam World Tennis final and will face Frenchman Julien Benneteau for the title. The second-seeded Argentine is now the top-ranked player left after Friday's shock elimination of Roger Federer by Benneteau who will be looking for his first career title after losing all seven of his previous finals.

Tennis: Benneteau stuns Federer in Rotterdam

Defending champion and top seed Roger Federer was knocked out of the Rotterdam World Tennis tournament on Friday, losing 6-3, 7-5 to France's Julien Benneteau in the quarter-finals. Benneteau will face either Martin Klizan of Slovakia or French fifth seed Gilles Simon in the last four. dj/mw
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