Juan Martin Del Potro, once one of tennis' hottest young talents before his career was derailed by injuries, on Sunday won the BNP Paribas Open men's singles title two years after nearly quitting in frustration. "I was thinking about (that) forehand miss the entire time", del Potro was quoted as saying. I can't believe I'm here and winning a Masters 1000, beating Roger.
"I don't think Roger is ready to give up his time at the top of the game just yet, but I do think he is definitely, definitely putting himself in the mix", Croft told Sky Sports. I have everything what I want, and I want to keep improving my game to see what can I do.
Del Potro went on to dominate the deciding tiebreak, winning 7-2 to claim his maiden Masters 1000 title.
The 29-year-old has been hampered by wrist problems in recent years and has had three operations which left him struggling to use his backhand.
"But I had already missed my opportunities then, but I still, standing at the trophy ceremony, I think I would like to play that tie-break again, because I don't know what the hell happened".
The nailbiting final lasted nearly three hours as the raucous Southern California crowd cheered the 36-year-old Federer along, and both players took occasional issue with the chair umpire. Having won Acapulco before Indian Wells, del Potro is on an 11-match winning streak and back to No. 6 in the world. "It was Juan Martin and myself", he said. Margin = +45 points 5-9 Shots = 152 won / 130 lost. Win the battle of the abundant short points, and the much smaller pool of longer points can quite often be a loss and not be detrimental to the final outcome. Our eyes certainly don't pick up that 90 per cent of all his points had either Del Potro or his opponent hitting a maximum of just five consecutive shots in the court.
Though Federer is seven years older than del Potro, they have a warm relationship off court and got to know each other better when Federer played del Potro in Argentina as part of a South American exhibition tour in 2012.
"It should sting", Federer said.
With a win at Indian Wells, can Del Potro be considered a significant threat to Federer?
" I got depressed at home for a long while, and I wasn't happy doing the effort to recover my wrist". Fans all over the world that tuned in to watch this instant classic will no doubt enjoy discussing the extended, bruising baseline exchanges from these two heavy hitters. The win also snaps Federer's 17-match win streak. Or steel. Call it what you like, but Del Potro has it in abundance. Overall he holds a commanding 18-7 lead but in finals it's a different story, including the 2009 US Open which Del Potro won 3-6, 7-6 (7/5), 4-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-2. He said Sunday he won't decide whether to play in the French Open until after he plays Miami. Del Potro is at No. 6 but is playing well enough after all his injuries and challenges to dream bigger.