Top seed Juan Martin Del Potro defended his Estoril Open title by dispatching Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-2 in the final on Sunday.
“I felt I played really well today,” the Argentine said. “I felt it was my best match of the week, so I am very glad for that to get another title in Estoril. I played really aggressive all the time and I felt really confident on my forehand. I grew in confidence every game. It is important for me. I played my best to beat Gasquet.”
“He played very well,” Gasquet said of his opponent. “He’s very powerful, has a great service, a great forehand and backhand. He deserved this win. He played better than me. He’s very tall and has a good second serve and was hitting the ball very well. He was the better player today.”
Gasquet spoke about his runner up finish – “It’s good for me to reach a final. It was a good tournament to prepare for the clay season. I get confidence from this tournament.”
Del Potro feels he’s back to his level of play: “I am getting closer and closer to my best form. I have worked really hard at home and now I have another important tournament next week to improve further. If I play as well as I did today over the coming days, I will be happy.”
Estoril gives Del Potro his 11th career title on the ATP World Tour.
RESULTS – SUNDAY, 6 MAY, 2012
Singles – Final
 J Del Potro (ARG) d  R Gasquet (FRA) 64 62
Doubles – Final
 A Qureshi (PAK) / J Rojer (NED) d  J Knowle (AUT) / D Marrero (ESP) 75 75