Roger Federer's incredible streak ends in thrilling Indian Wells final

Brunilde Fioravanti
Marzo 20, 2018

Del Potro - who has had three wrist operations in recent years - dug deep to win the first set and had a match point of his own in the second.

The No. 8 won the first five points of the third set tiebreaker, then closed it out when Federer missed a forehand long, ending a two hour, 42-minute marathon contest on the main stadium court at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

World number one tennis player Roger Federer lost more than the Indian Wells Masters final on Sunday - he also lost his cool.

"I like to play (tournament) finals against him, because nobody has anything to lose", Del Potro said.

Juan Martin Del Potro, has the knack of winning against all odds, and he did just the same on Sunday. Against Juan Martin Del Potro in the final, it would be no easy match for the Swiss, but definitely one he should win as going into the match he boasted an 18-6 head-to-head.

Speaking in his post-match press conference Federer said he didn't know "what the hell happened" in the final tiebreak, but remained composed enough to deliver a classy congratulations speech to Del Potro during the on-court presentation.

World number eight Del Potro is back in the top ten rankings this season for the first time since 2014. However, Federer pounced with his best return game of the match to break for 5-4.

The fact he was physically able to win back-to-back tournaments at Acapulco and Indian Wells suggests he's close to his peak. "I'm still surprising myself, and I want to keep surprising the tennis tour, you know".

"I don't remember half of it", said Federer.

"I don't care about the numbers".

The big Argentine had come from a set down to defeat Leonardo Mayer and Philipp Kohlschreiber in the last two rounds, but there were no such struggles on Saturday as he cruised past Raonic 6-2 6-3. But del Potro's also got a loveable personality that is appreciated greatly by tennis fans.

It's disappointing, but I thought it was a good match. now he's here and he's won a Masters 1000.

Juan Martin del Potro delivers Roger Federer his first loss on the 2018 ATP World Tour.

To suggest Del Potro will rival Federer for world No. 1 at the end of the season is ambitious, particularly given his previous physical woes, but it's more important to see the 20-time Grand Slam champion pushed on a regular basis and for his swansong era to be graced with a rivalry of genuine excitement. "It took a while to get the record", Federer said.

"So I just - I have everything what I want, and I want to keep improving my game to see what can I do?" "Okay, too good. You move on". 'I served for the match, couple match points, two, three, not even really sure.

Federer made another uncharacteristic error by slapping a simple forehand in the net to make it 3-3 and he was left frustrated when a defiant Del Potro saved two set points at 5-4.

In the second-set tiebreaker, Del Potro and Federer took turns arguing with chair umpire Fergus Murphy.

"It was a great match, honestly".

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