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Del Potro celebrates historic win with a splash

Del Potro celebrates historic win with a splash”

JUAN Martin del Potro has defied the offs, coming from three match points down to defeat world number one Roger Federer 6-4 6-7 (10-8) 7-6 (7-2) at the Indian Wells Masters. "It's like a dream".

The two champions weren't just fighting each other, but also chair umpire Fergus Murphy, with Federer repeatedly barking at him over missed calls, while del Potro was irate over Murphy's failure to corral the raucous and disrespectful pro-Federer crowd. Margin = +45 points 5-9 Shots = 152 won / 130 lost.

The Argentine had repeated wrist surgeries which almost made him quit tennis, his win makes him the first Argentine to win in Indian wells.

Del Potro after winning the 2009 US Open over Federer, has had multiple wrist surgeries and didn't know if he would ever play tennis again. I have everything what I want, and I want to keep improving my game to see what can I do.

"But what's interesting is that he put himself out there with no double-hander nearly, but just happy to slice and still take losses, I guess, you know, because he knew it was going to probably not be enough against some players, but he was happy enough playing this way, which I admire a lot".

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Fans from Newport Beach and all over Southern California watched Del Potro defeat an unusually erratic Roger Federer in a three set thriller that required two tie breakers: 6-4, 6-7, 7-6.

He is one of the few players who can mentally challenge the very best in the world.

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The Swiss ace said he was not sure how long it would take to get over the loss, but he is back in action in the Miami Open this week.

There was more drama in the final set as Del Potro prevented Federer from claiming the title at 5-4, his brute power unnerving the 36-year-old, whose frustration was apparent.

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

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"I'm surprising myself. I don't like to compare this time with a few years ago, but I'm just enjoying what I have to do every day".

"The question is how long?" Had Federer been more clinical in those moments he might have finished his opponent. It is disappointing talking about a great match like this and losing.

"Serving 40-15, any game I probably win - I don't know what the stat is - 90-something per cent".

The injuries would have been too much for some, and Del Potro recalled earlier in the week how close he came to quitting tennis. The Swiss went on to even the match, forcing a decisive third set. The win also snaps Federer's 17-match win streak.

The stars are finally starting to align for Juan Martin Del Potro who will be seeking his third straight ATP title at the Miami Masters this week.

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"I lost my serve a little bit, and then he was clean and I wasn't", Federer explained.



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