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Tennis: Juan Martin del Potro sweeps aside Bernard Tomic for Sydney International win

Published on Jan 11, 2014 6:26 PM
Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina (right) receives the winners trophy from former Australian tennis player Ken Rosewall (left) following his defeat of Australia's Bernard Tomic in the men's singles final at the APIA Sydney International tennis tournament, on Jan 11, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

SYDNEY (AFP) - Juan Martin del Potro bludgeoned Bernard Tomic with his powerful forehand to win the Sydney International final on Saturday.

The Argentinian world No. 5 took just 53 minutes to put away the Australian defending champion 6-3, 6-1.

It was del Potro's 18th career title and he became the first Argentinian to win in Sydney since David Nalbandian in 2009.

It was the ideal lead in to Monday's Australian Open for del Potro, who plays a qualifier in the first round and is seeded to face world No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals.

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