'No fire': Ailing Del Potro suffers shock Beijing final loss

'No fire': Ailing Del Potro suffers shock Beijing final loss

Nikoloz Basilashvili upset an ailing Juan Martin del Potro to claim his second ATP Tour title of the season at the China Open. Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia with the trophy after defeating Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina.

On paper, del Potro began the match as the hot favorite, with the tournament's No. 1 seed having enjoyed a day's rest after his semifinal opponent Fabio Fognini withdrew injured.

But Basilashvili clearly hadn't read the script when he broke del Potro's serve in just the third game.

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Both players had six break points and it was Basilashvili who scored three breaks, prevailing in that opening set and sealing the deal with a late break in the 10th game of the second set for the place in the final.

But the 30-year-old never looked close to his best against Basilashvili, who won his maiden ATP title in Hamburg in July.

Del Potro said he certainly wanted to play against Fognini and he was sad about the withdrawal of the Italian player because they are friends. But, despite holding three break points, Del Potro was unable to convert as Basilashvili connected on multiple backhands to escape with a service hold. "But I wasn't able to play with that fire that I have in all my matches", said Del Potro.

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