Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro defeated American Jack Sock in the final of ATP Stockholm 2016 on Sunday. The line score in the match was 7-5, 6-1 as the Argentine claimed the Stockholm title. With the result, headds a 19th title to his large collection. Furthermore, the former US Open champion projects to zip up some 20 spots in the rankings on Monday and should settle somewhere between 40th to 45th in the world.

First title since Jan. 2014

The title for del Potro was the first since ATP Sydney 2014. It comes following news a few days ago that hewas among the nominations for the ATP's Comeback Player of the Year Award.

The title certainly bolsters his chances of winning the award, one that the Argentine already won previously his career. That he beat fellow nomination Ivo Karlovic en route to the title, certainly helps del Potro as well.

Sock, the runner-up, had some difficult matches ahead of the final. He played three setters in the opening round, the second round, and in the semifinals. Those matches all featured at least one tiebreaker and may have fatigued him ahead of the del Potro final. Sock attested to that point in his post-match interview with the ATP:"It was a tough match," Sock said, "His serve is massive and very tough to read, which put more pressure on my serve. He just played well today. I've had a long week here and it might have caught up with me a bit."

Del Potro's victory certainly is not that surprising.

In recent months he made the US Open semifinals and he made the 2016 Rio Olympic final. However, he did have a very difficult draw in Stockholm, at least for such a low-tier event. The Argentine survived a path that went through John Isner, Nicolas Almagro, Karlovic, and Grigor Dimitrov ahead of the final against Sock.

There's not a weak player to be named there with Dimitrov himself enjoying a bit of resurgence of late.

“I’ve been trying to fix my problems for the past two years," del Potro told the ATP, "and I didn’t expect to win a title at this moment in my career. I am so happy to get the trophy here.

It’s motivation for looking forward to the future."

Withdraw risk for ATP Basel?

Next up is ATP Basel 2016, an indoor hard-court tournament in Switzerland. The Argentine is considered the third favorite with BetVictor, priced at 5/1 behind Stan Wawrinka and Milos Raonic. However, I would be surprised if JMDplayed well in Basel this upcoming week. He might be on a hot streak, but I bet he's tired too. I'm looking for del Potro to either withdraw from Basel or lose early in the draw.

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