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26

Oct

2013

A bloody nose for the titleholder but he still gets the win

Losses are par for the course in professional tennis as Juan-Martin Del Potro well knows. Just like he did last year in Basel, the world number five has made it into Sunday's final. The Argentine needed three sets to dispose of Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin and had to overcome the distraction caused by a nosebleed. This can easily happen when the stars' abrupt movements drive up their blood pressure, causing the narrowest, most delicate of vessels to burst. The doctor usually uses a tampon to stem the flow of blood from the nose, but Del Potro decided against this approach as it would have interfered with his breathing. Instead, the doctor inserted some styptic paste into one of his nostrils. In Basel, the South American is gunning for his 4th title of the season to add to his successes in Rotterdam, Washington and Tokyo. Del Potro is currently one of the favourites to win the Tour. The experts agree that he will soon be closing in on spot 4 or 3 in the rankings whilst the reconvalescent Andy Murray takes a break and loses ATP points. Del Potro hinted that he would like Roger Federer to be his opponent in the final and said that he wouldn't object to a repeat of his 2012 victory. A win would pocket him 348,000 euros in prize money. This would certainly suffice for him to treat himself to a bottle of Corona.
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