Basilashvili upsets Del Potro to win China Open title

Basilashvili won his second career title at the China Open

Basilashvili won his second career title at the China Open

Juan Martin del Potro suffered a shock defeat in the China Open final today.

Nikoloz Basilashvili booked a China Open final meeting with Juan Martin del Potro courtesy of a straight-sets victory over Kyle Edmund on Saturday. I needed to really work it, to work hard to win the points.

This seemed to affect del Potro, whose miscued drop-shot in the following set saw Basilashvili break serve once again to serve for the match at 5-4.

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Despite missing out on a third title of the year, Del Potro can be satisfied with his performance in Beijing, as the 30-year-old qualified for next month's season-ending ATP Finals in London, joining Rafa Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. "I think he deserved to win because I couldn't play at my best level".

Edmund was broken in the very first game of the match when he sent a forehand long but he pulled the break back in the very next game after a backhand mistake from Basilashvili. "Second, he was sick, but in some moments he was playing really good", said Basilashvili. But Del Potro, with bravery, rushed his opponent with a foray into the net to avoid the break and quickly applied pressure on his opponent in the following game. Del Potro threw the kitchen sink at him but, when three break points came to nothing, his race appeared to have been run. "I had my chances in the first set and then in the second". "Nikoloz played smart points in the important moments".

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

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