Skip to main content
Part of complete coverage on

Del Potro demolishes Tomic to take Sydney International title

updated 6:00 PM EST, Sat January 11, 2014
Juan Martin del Potro unleashes another powerful backhand drive during his win over Australia's Bernard Tomic.
Juan Martin del Potro unleashes another powerful backhand drive during his win over Australia's Bernard Tomic.
  • Argentine thrashes his Aussie oppenent Tomic in final of Sydney International event
  • Del Potro starts Australian Open bid with 1st round match against Rhyne Williams from U.S.
  • Tomic will face world no. 1 Rafael Nadal in Melbourne opener
  • American John Isner wins Australian Open warm-up event in Auckland

Follow us at @WorldSportCNN and like us on Facebook

(CNN) -- Juan Martin del Potro blew away Bernard Tomic in under an hour to take the Sydney International title on Saturday ahead of the Australian Open which gets underway in Melbourne on Monday.

The big Argentine unleashed all his immense power at the Ken Rosewall Arena to slay reigning champion Tomic 6-3 6-1 in just 53 minutes and couldn't be in better shape heading into the first grand slam of the season.

Read more: Get all the latest tennis news with CNN's Open Court

"The finals never are easy, but I was surprised of my level tonight," del Potro said, reported.

Who will be the tennis ace of 2014?
Secret to beating tennis' big four

"I think I played great. My forehand worked perfectly; I made a lot winners; many aces; I played good slices," the 25-year-old added.

"I think Bernard was a little frustrated after seeing me very focused on the match and hitting the ball so well. He is still young in some moments of the match, but he has everything to win titles, and he will reach finals very, very soon."

Del Potro, the 2009 U.S. Open champion, is seeded fifth for Melbourne and will face American Rhyne Williams, ranked 129th in the world, in his opening match.

Tomic, meanwhile, goes from frying pan to fire with an opening match-up against world no. 1 Rafa Nadal -- a challenge, he says, he's looking forward to.

Read more: Bernard Tomic: Tennis' 'tainted' talent?

"Going to be an amazing match for me on Tuesday against Rafa," Tomic said, reported.

"I'm going to prepare as best I can. It's a tough ask. Obviously tonight I wanted to win this championship; couldn't do it. Juan played too good. Now my focus is on playing Rafa," the 21-year-old added.

Isner wins in Auckland

America's John Isner also warmed up for Melbourne with a victory over Taiwan's Yen Hsun Lu at the Heineken Open in Auckland, New Zealand.

The world no. 13 triumphed in a tight match 7-6 7-6.

"I wish it didn't have to be so close at the end, it gives me a lot of grey hairs!" Isner said, reported.

"But I'm so happy. To say this was unexpected, coming into the tournament, would be a huge understatement. Sometimes that's how things work out. You come in with low expectations, the pressure's off, and things tend to work out. That was the case this week."

Isner will start his quest for Melbourne glory against Slovakia's Marin Klizan.

Read more: Novak Djokovic: All you need is love

Read more: Clijsters cool on another comeback

Part of complete coverage on
updated 8:52 AM EDT, Thu August 21, 2014
As a player he was as fiery as his hair -- and as Novak Djokovic's coach, Boris Becker says he has to battle to keep his emotions in check.
updated 7:02 AM EDT, Wed August 20, 2014
Tennis great Boris Becker says he was stunned by the level of criticism he received after being appointed as Novak Djokovic's coach.
updated 7:01 AM EDT, Fri July 25, 2014
"I didn't cry once when I practiced in front of the mirror," says Martin Emmrich. But the nerves kicked in when he got down on one knee on court.
updated 7:35 AM EDT, Mon June 30, 2014
When Agnieszka Radwanska refused to look her opponent in the eye after losing at Wimbledon, it raised more than eyebrows.
updated 9:14 PM EDT, Sun June 22, 2014
It's 10 years since a teenage Maria Sharapova became the darling of Wimbledon's hallowed Center Court, launching herself as a star.
Rafael Nadal is still the "King of Clay" -- but his crown has slipped a bit, says CNN's Will Edmonds.
updated 3:46 AM EDT, Fri May 23, 2014
He's regularly voted France's favorite famous person, but many of the nation's youth have "no idea" about his glorious sporting past
updated 7:59 PM EDT, Mon May 5, 2014
British tennis player Elena Baltacha won 11 ITF Pro Circuit titles during her 16-year playing career.
The Ukrainian-born, British tennis star loses fight against liver cancer, just a few weeks after revealing that she was battling the disease.
updated 11:55 AM EDT, Tue April 29, 2014
Five-time grand slam champion Martina Hingis has followed her mom into a coaching role, setting up a new tennis academy in Barcelona, Spain.
updated 8:38 AM EDT, Wed April 16, 2014
Suisse's Belinda Bencic returns the ball to France's Alize Cornet during the second match of the Fed Cup first round tennis tie France vs Switzerland on February 8, 2014 at the Pierre de Coubertin stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
It's no easy matter becoming a world class tennis player. It's even harder when everyone (really -- everyone) is calling you the "new Martina Hingis."
updated 10:20 AM EDT, Wed April 2, 2014
At the 2009 Australian Open, French men's tennis was the talk of the town.
updated 2:00 PM EDT, Tue April 15, 2014
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - APRIL 14: Rafael Nadal of Spain sails a boat during day two of the ATP Monte Carlo Rolex Masters Tennis at Monte-Carlo Sporting Club on April 14, 2014 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Rafael Nadal may be most at home on a clay tennis court, but he has always found comfort on the sea.