Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 8/4/13
Juan Martin del Potro knows that a successful week in Washington can pay off at the U.S. Open. Getting his game in shape ahead of the year's last Grand Slam tournament, the top-seeded del Potro eventually solved John Isner's big serve for a 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 victory in the Citi Open final Sunday, winning his championship and 14th consecutive match at the hard-court tournament. ''He deserves this title. He's going up there three times,'' Isner said, pointing to the blue awning that lists past winners in Washington. ''I wish my name could go up there.'' Back in 2009, del Potro followed up a title in the nation's capital with his only Grand Slam trophy at the U.S. Open, which starts in three weeks. ''I have fantastic memories,'' del Potro told the crowd, ''so I will try to keep coming, year (after) year.'' On Sunday, del Potro broke Isner four times in all, including three in a row while winning seven consecutive games to take control. Isner - best known for winning the longest match...
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