Juan Martin del Potro defeats Roger Federer in incredible Indian Wells final

Juan Martin del Potro beat 6-4 6-7 (8-10) 7-6 (7-2) in an incredible final at Indian Wells.

The result came as something of a surprise with Federer, the defending champion, having gone into the final on a 17-match winning streak.

Del Potro took the first set in Indian Wells thanks to a break of serve in the fifth game of the match. Despite the overall contest being incredibly even, the break came easily to the Argentinean who found himself 0-40 up and then saw Federer send a backhand into the net.

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Federer, seeking his 98th career title, struggled to make much of mark on the Del Potro serve and that continued late into the second set.

With the match at 6-4 4-5, Federer created his first break points of the match. But trailing 15-40, Del Potro hit an incredible winner and then saw Federer put a shot wide of the mark. Federer was trying everything but Del Potro was just too good.

It meant a tie-break was required which Federer eventually won, but not before much drama.

At 3-2 Federer challenged a Del Potro serve and was so confident he slammed his racket down on the point which he thought the ball had struck the court. However, embarrassingly for the Swiss, Hawkeye showed the ball was in and the pair switched ends all square.

The incident seemed to galvanise the world number one who went on to win the next three points and looked set to take the tie-break. But Del Potro brought it back to 6-5 before an incident that had Federer fuming. The Swiss looked to have won the set but Del Potro successfully challenged, forcing Federer to take a second serve which he sent way out. The Swiss was furious as he was made to wait a long time between the serves and made his point to the umpire.

With the score level at 6-6 Federer sent down an unreturnable serve for yet another set point, but Del Potro levelled and then set up a championship point. He failed to take it, striking the net when he so easily could have won the point. And the Argentine was made to pay with Federer eventually winning the tie-break 10-8.

The third set saw some tennis of the highest calibre but both men were struggling to find a way to break the other’s serve. An opportunity however arrived for Federer at 4-4 and after seeing one break point go begging he managed to pull off his first break of the match.

Needing to hold serve to win the first Masters 1000 event of the year Federer blew it with Del Potro carving out a couple of break points before levelling the match at 5-5.

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The incredible contest, fittingly, went to a deciding tie-break and Del Petro made a superb start by winning the first five points. A double fault from Federer made it five championship points to the world number eight and at the second attempt he won the match.

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