Apia International Sydney
RESULTS - SATURDAY, 11 JANUARY 2014
Singles - Final
 J Del Potro (ARG)
d B Tomic (AUS) 63 61
Doubles - Final
D Nestor (CAN) /
N Zimonjic (SRB) d  R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK)
DEL POTRO DETHRONES TOMIC; NESTOR/ZIMONJIC TRIUMPH
• Top seed Juan Martin del Potro captured his
18th tour-level title on Saturday as he dethroned
reigning champion Bernard Tomic.
• Del Potro has
won five tournaments in a row as the top seed, following
victories at Basel (2013), Tokyo (2013), Washington
(2013) and Vienna (2012).
• The 25-year-old del
Potro is the first Argentine to win the Sydney title
since David Nalbandian triumphed in 2009.
improved to an 18-7 finals record; last year he lifted
• In their first tournament
together for more than a year, the newly reformed duo of
Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic clinched their 25th
tour-level team title.
• They lifted the trophy in
Sydney for the second time, having previously triumphed
in 2010 (d. Hutchins/Kerr).
• Victory took the
41-year-old Nestor to a new milestone as he joined
Australian Todd Woodbridge in third place on the list of
Open Era title leaders with 83 trophies.
WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID
Del Potro: "Starting the year in
this way is very, very positive. I'm looking forward for
the rest of the season. I need to still work in the same
conditions and the same way. Now it starts the hardest
tournament for us, and I will see if I can go farther
than last year in Melbourne.
"The finals never
are easy, but I was surprised by my level tonight. I
think I played great. My forehand worked perfectly; I
made a lot winners; many aces; I played good slices.
"I think Bernard was a little frustrated after
seeing me very focused on the match and hitting the ball
so well. He is still young in some moments of the match,
but he has everything to win titles, and he will reach
finals very, very soon."
Tomic: "Juan played too good. There was
nothing I could do. I knew it was going to be like that
where either he plays very good or gives me more
"Tonight showed why he's that quality
of a player. So there was nothing I could have done. I
tried to keep up, but he kept playing the way he was
playing. I haven't seen a guy play a second set like
that. It was too good.
"I'm obviously heading to
Melbourne tomorrow. Going to be an amazing match for me
on Tuesday against Rafa. I'm going to prepare as best I
can. It's a tough ask. Obviously tonight I wanted to win
this championship; couldn't do it. Juan played too good.
Now my focus is on playing Rafa."
Nestor: "We accomplished our goal of
playing a few matches, which is important. We picked up
kind of where we left off playing good. It's as
competitive as ever, doubles, and anything can happen
obviously. We're happy about our start."
Zimonjic: "It's nice to start with a
title. We didn't need much [time] playing together to
know each other because we played three and a half years
together. It's nice that we continued. The last two
tournaments that we played we won; this is the third
tournament. It's a great thing that we managed this."