Federer, who claimed his first title of the year with a 6-1 6-4 success, saved all seven break points he faced throughout the match. “He played much better than me today,” said Del Potro.
“I didn’t take the break points when I had them. It’s really difficult to beat Federer if you have the chances and don’t take them. He was more confident and concentrated than me in the important moments and I think that was the key.”
Federer had his troubles in the tournament – he lost the first set against Nikolay Davydenko in the semi-final – but looked untouchable in the final, which he attributed to his positive mindset on court. He has now won his last 24 matches at indoor hard-court events.
“In the first set, I was rock solid. I played great from start to finish,” Federer said. “In the second set, it got tighter. I’m happy I was able to sneak it out.
“He couldn’t pull the trigger the way he wanted to. Just like yesterday [against Davydenko], I had a good mindset. I really believed I was going to make it difficult for him, especially on the break points. I know the second set could have been a whole lot different.”
In the world rankings, Andy Roddick has dropped ten places to No. 27 after losing in the quarter-finals to Denis Istomin in San Jose last week.
Men’s rankings: 1. Novak Djokovic (SRB), 2. Rafael Nadal (SPA), 3. Roger Federer (SWI), 4. Andy Murray (GBR), 5. David Ferrer (SPA), 6. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA), 7. Tomas Berdych (CZE), 8. Mardy Fish (USA), 9. Janko Tipsarevic (SRB), 10. Juan Martin del Potro (ARG)
Women’s rankings: 1. Victoria Azarenka (BLR), 2. Maria Sharapova (RUS), 3. Petra Kvitova (CZE), 4. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN), 5. Sam Stosur (AUS), 6. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL), 7. Marion Bartoli (FRA), 8. Vera Zvonareva (RUS), 9. Li Na (CHN), 10. Andrea Petkovic (GER)