Two top-10 tennis stars in Juan Martin del Potro and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga led a field of talented players in Tokyo for the 2013 Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships this week.
While Tsonga bowed out in the second round, Del Potro captured his first title in Tokyo on Sunday with a 7-6 (5), 7-5 win over Milos Raonic.. The 2009 U.S. Open champion was seen as the man to beat this fall, and he didn't disappoint.
It was the second consecutive runner-up finish for Raonic at this tournament, which has to be frustrating in a sense despite the encouraging form he displayed both times. The Canadian had just won a title in Thailand, beating Tomas Berdych in that final
Raonic lost to Kei Nishikori in Tokyo last year, who was kncoked out from the tournament in 2013 by Nicolas Almagro in the quarterfinals in three sets. Nishikori, a Japanese native, was at least able to improve on his past two ATP appearances where he was defeated in the opening round of each.
Read on to find how how Del Potro took home the trophy in the final at Ariake Tennis Forest Park.