Basilashvili sets up Beijing showdown with Del Potro

Aubrey Yates
October 10, 2018

But, on Sunday, the Georgian captured his second ATP World Tour 500 title of the season, upsetting top seed Juan Martin del Potro 6-4, 6-4 at the China Open. "As you can see, my game today wasn't good as it had been in the last few matches".

The Argentine star said he wishes Fognini all the best so that he can recover and be fit for the next tournament in Shanghai.

Former US Open champion Del Potro fired down 12 aces and won five out of eight break point opportunities to chalk up a comfortable win over the 26-year-old. Following his second round victory, Del Potro became the fourth man to book his place at the Nitto ATP Finals in London. Basilashvili earned the first break of the match in the third game, with consistent deep returns extracting errors from his opponent.

Basilashvili very almost allowed Edmund back in the match when he failed to convert a match point at 5-3 and then allowed himself to get broken, but Edmund couldn't make the most of the opportunity. "I think that was the key".

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Del Potro was not moving fluidly throughout and he ceded a break quickly to fall 1-2 behind to the world No 34.

He lost his own serve in the next game, but had further chances to draw level in a see-saw 10th, Basilashvili eventually sealing victory on his third championship point. "I had my chances in the first set and then in the second".

"It's going to be a hard one", Del Potro, who has a 1-1 win-loss record against Fognini, added. He didn't miss any easy balls in that moment. Del Potro gains 300 ATP Ranking points and receives $359,510.

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