(November 4, 2013 LONDON – Juan Martin Del Potro got off to winning ways against Richard Gasquet in a top quality evening match to round off the first day’s action at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in Group B play.
From the first rally, it was clear that both players meant business, and initially it was Del Potro that looked the stronger, not losing a single point on his serve for his first three games.
It took just a momentary lapse of concentration from the Argentine to allow Gasquet to break him but Del Potro broke straight back as they battled their way to a first set tie-break.
Eventually the Frenchman edged in to take the lead as he competed in the season-ending finale for the first time in six years.
But the second set was a different story as some lapses in Gasquet’s concentration let Del Potro take control of the second set, taking it to a decider.
You felt that midway through the deciding set, it would be crucial for Gasquet to hold on to his serve, but a couple of double-faults handed the advantage back to Del Potro.
It took the tall Argentine two attempts to close out the match, as fatigue was setting in, but it was a great win and a fantastic start to the tournament 6-7, 6-3, 7-5.
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