568,000 ATP International Series Gold
July 7-13, 2008
RESULTS SUNDAY, JULY 13, 2008
Potro (ARG) d  R Gasquet (FRA) 64 75
Doubles - Finals
Kas (GER) / P Kohlschreiber (GER) d M Berrer (GER) / M
Zverev (GER) 63 64
SINGLES FINAL DEL POTRO CAPTURES FIRST ATP TITLE
Juan Martin del Potro
captured his first ATP title at the MercedesCup in
Stuttgart on Sunday, defeating second-seeded Frenchman
Richard Gasquet 6-4, 7-5.
19-year-old becomes the sixth first time winner of an
ATP title this year. He matches the achievement of Kei
Nishikori (Delray Beach), Sergiy Stakhovsky (Zagreb),
Sam Querrey (Las Vegas), Marcel Granollers (Houston) and
Victor Hanescu (Gstaad).
capturing the title, del Potro was presented with a
brand new white Mercedes-Benz SLK 350.
the second Argentine to win an ATP singles title this
season, joining David Nalbandian, who was victorious in
Buenos Aires, and the third Argentine champion in the
past six years at Stuttgart.
No. 65 del Potro was contesting his first ATP singles
final. On his way to the title match he defeated Evgeny
Korolev, No. 5 seed Simone Bolelli, No. 4 seed Philipp
Kohlschreiber and No. 8 seed Eduardo Schwank. Having
fallen third round on his debut in 2006, his tournament
record now stands at 7-1.
Tandil resident failed to win back-to-back matches on
the ATP circuit until April, although had only contested
three events, when he reached the quarterfinals at
Munich (l. to El Aynaoui). Following a first round exit
at Masters Series Rome and a second round dismissal at
Roland Garros, the right-hander then made the semifinals
at s-Hertogenbosch (l. to Ferrer). Prior to arriving at
Stuttgart, he fell first round at Wimbledon (l. to
Potro made a fast start to the match, breaking Gasquet
in the first game to lead 1-0. Gasquet broke back to
level for 2-2, but del Potro was able to regain the
initiative and broke at 5-4 before serving out the set.
Argentine broke early again in the second set, but was
once again pegged back at 3-3. With Gasquet leading at
4-3 there was a short rain delay and when play resumed,
del Potro earned his fourth break of serve in the 11th
game before serving out the match to love after 1 hr.,
35 min and avenging his loss to Gasquet at the Pacific
Life Open last year.
22-year-old Gasquet was through to his
first ATP singles final of the season having only
reached one ATP quarterfinal in the lead-up to
Stuttgart, falling to David Nalbandian at Queens Club.
He had only won back-to-back matches on four occasions
at No. 15 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings, the
Beziers native is currently eight spots down from his
career-high of No. 7 (July 9, 2007). He was bidding for
his first title since 2007 Mumbai (d. O. Rochus). He now
slips to a 5-6 record (1-3 on clay) in ATP singles
THE PLAYERS SAID
feel unbelievable, it's like a dream for me. I hope
to win more titles in my career, but the first one, I
think is the most important. It was very tough, because
it was my first final. Now I have to go step-by-step and
have to savor this moment."
played not my best match. I was frustrated because I was
playing badly but he played well, I am happy for him.
It's his first title so it's important for him. It was
difficult for me to play my best tennis, the court was
too slow to play but I try my best and I will try to
come back next year and win this tournament. It's
positive to make a final, I tried my best and I hope to
do well in Toronto and Cincinnati, they are Masters
Series, it's important for me."
DOUBLES FINAL KAS/KOHLSCHREIBER WIN FIRST ALL-GERMAN
Christopher Kas and Philipp Kohlschreiber
won a first ever all-German ATP doubles final at the
against Michael Berrer and Mischa Zverev 6-3, 6-4 in
Stuttgart on Sunday.
pairing Kas/Kohlschreiber converted three of four break
point chances to win their first ATP team title. They
went from 2-2 to 5-2 in the first set and from 1-2 down
to 5-2 in the second set. Kas served for the match a
6-3, 5-2, but was broken. However, Kohlschreiber was
able to serve out to love at the second opprtunity.
No. 33 Kas
now improves to 17-18 for the season after capturing his
career-first ATP doubles title; the 28-year-old had
fallen short in his first five ATP finals, including at
Zagreb, with Rogier Wassen, earlier this season. No. 82
collects his second title of the season, having won his
fourth career title at Doha (w/ Skoch) at the start of
the year, before finishing as runner-up at Rotterdam.
World No. 221
Berrer and No. 115
were chasing their second titles of the season after
winning in Munich (w/ Schuettler) and Halle (w/ Youzhny)
Kas/Kohlschreiber share 30,500 in prize money and earn
250 South African Airways ATP Rankings points, while
runners-up Berrer/Zverev receive 15,300 and 175 points
WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID
I feel a little bit relieved. I was a little bit
nervous before the finals, also before the semifinals
already because this week I thought we were going to
have a good chance maybe to win the title. I just want
to say thank-you to Philipp because there was a great
chemistry in the team this week, there was a lot of fun,
we were practicing a lot. It's very special (to win at
home), it's almost too special to say in words. So, now
I have the title and I hope the next one's going to come
"It was a great week, I think it was great that there
were four German players in a doubles final, I think
it's huge. Of course when you win the title you make a
little bit of history and it's great."