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Del Potro downs Benneteau in Rotterdam

Feb. 17, 2013 at 11:55 AM

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Second-seeded Juan Martin del Potro took a first-set tiebreaker then breezed past Julien Benneteau Sunday to claim the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament.

The Argentine corralled his 14th career title and first of the year with a 7-6 (7-2), 6-3 triumph over Benneteau in a 1-hour, 37-minute affair at the Rotterdam event.

Del Potro suffered a nose bleed between the eighth and ninth games of the final set, but quickly returned to serve out the match at love.

He was the runner-up in Rotterdam last year to Roger Federer, who was bounced by Benneteau in the quarterfinals of this year's edition.

The Frenchman remained winless in ATP finals -- he now has the most finals appearances without a title among active players at 0-8.

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