Tennis: Del Potro defeats Federer to win Indian Wells title

Tennis: Del Potro defeats Federer to win Indian Wells title

Juan Martin Del Potro
Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina prepares his forehand in his match against Roger Federer of Switzerland in the ATP final during the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images/Harry How)

INDIAN WELLS: Juan Martin Del Potro stunned world number one Roger Federer 6-4, 6-7 (8/10), 7-6 (7/2) to win the ATP Indian Wells Masters tournament on Sunday (Mar 18).

The 29-year-old from Argentina handed Federer his first match defeat of 2018 and extended his own win streak to 11 matches as he captured his second ATP Tour title in a row after a triumph this month in Acapulco.

"I'm still shaking," Del Potro said. "It's difficult to describe with words. It's like a dream.

"After all my problems, after all my surgeries, I couldn't believe I'm here winning a Masters 1000 and beating Roger. It's amazing."

Del Potro survived three match points before clinching the championship in a third set tiebreaker, ending a two hour, 42 minute marathon contest on the main stadium court.

He won the first five points of the third set tiebreaker then closed it out when Federer smack a forehand long.

Del Potro was competing in his first Indian Wells final since 2013 when he lost to Spaniard Rafael Nadal.

This is just Del Potro's seventh win over Federer in 25 career meetings.

Del Potro is back in the top 10 in rankings this season after dropping to No. 1,045 before beginning his comeback from three left wrist surgeries in 2016.

Source: AFP/de

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