Tennis: Juan Martin del Potro wins first ATP title in three years

Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro returns the ball to USA's Jack Sock during the final match of ATP Stockholm Open tennis tournament in Stockholm on Oct 23, 2016.
Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro returns the ball to USA's Jack Sock during the final match of ATP Stockholm Open tennis tournament in Stockholm on Oct 23, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

Stockholm (AFP) - Former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro clinched his first ATP title in almost three years with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over American Jack Sock in Sunday's final in Stockholm.

The Argentine, who won at Flushing Meadows in 2009 before suffering a series of wrist injuries that pushed him to the brink of retirement, needed just over an hour and a quarter to beat sixth-seeded Sock.

Del Potro, runner-up to Andy Murray in the Olympic final in Rio in August, last played a Tour final in Sydney in January 2014, when he beat home favourite Bernard Tomic 6-3, 6-1.

The world No. 63 played just six tournaments across 2014 and last year but has gradually rediscovered the form that once enabled him to reach fourth in the world.

The 28-year-old helped his country defeat Murray's Great Britain in this year's Davis Cup semi-finals and will seek to lead Argentina to their first title against Croatia next month.