'No fire': Ailing Del Potro suffers shock Beijing final loss

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Despite his defeat, del Potro can console himself with the fact that he now has enough ranking points to have qualified for the 2018 ATP finals in London next month.

Juan Martin del Potro advanced straight into Sunday's China Open final after Fabio Fognini withdrew from their semi-final clash. I needed to really work it, to work hard to win the points.

Del Potro is set to play the final against the victor of the match between British Kyle Edmund and Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili.

The 31-year-old Fognini, who is reportedly suffering an ankle problem, looks likely to also miss next week's Shanghai Masters.

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Edmund was broken in the very first game of the match when he sent a forehand long but he pulled the break back in the very next game after a backhand mistake from Basilashvili. "I think that was the key".

Basilashvili remained resolute on his serve, never facing a breakpoint while aces rained down on him from Del Potro's end.Early in the opening set, Basilashvili took advantage of a lapse in concentration from Del Potro to take a 2-1 lead after which he consolidated.

He lost his own serve in the next game, but had further chances to draw level in a see-saw 10th, Basilashvili eventually sealing victory on his third championship point.

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