Basilashvili stuns ailing Del Potro for Beijing title

Daniil Medvedev

Daniil Medvedev has won all three of his ATP titles in 2018 after earlier successes at the Sydney International and Winston Salem Open

Del Potro has qualified for the Nitto ATP Finals in London, which are live on Sky Sports, after his run in China.

The top seed Juan Martin del Potro is through to his 35th ATP final and the sixth of the season and he didn't even have to step on the court today, with Fabio Fognini withdrawing before their semi-final match due to an ankle injury.

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This seemed to affect del Potro, whose miscued drop-shot in the following set saw Basilashvili break serve once again to serve for the match at 5-4.

Still, the 2009 US Open champion had his chances to force a decider after losing the opening set, failing to take any of the three break-point opportunities he created when leading 4-3.

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Organisers in Beijing confirmed that Fognini, who was chasing a fourth title of the season, was out of the tournament injured.

A loose forehand cost Basilashvili the win and things became serious when he suffered a break in the following game while serving for the match. Basilashvili broke serve to 15 in the following game and, after saving two break points in a tense 10th game, converted his third championship point with a driven backhand volley. "I think he deserves to win because I couldn't play at my best level".

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