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Del Potro ends Federer's streak


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.

Juan Martin del Potro put in a phenomenal performance to sweep aside Milos Raonic en route to an Indian Wells Masters final against Roger Federer.

The world number one served for a sixth Indian Wells title at 5-4 in the third set but Del Potro fought back before Federer played a poor tie-break.

Del Potro has struggled with injury since beating Federer in the 2009 US Open final to win his first grand slam, missing nearly the entire 2010 season after undergoing surgery on his wrist.

The results (finals): Men: Juan Martin Del Potro bt Roger Federer 6-4, 6-7 (8), 7-6 (2).

He took two hours and 42 minutes to win the match. "I just want to keep winning titles", he said.

Federer survived a match point in the second set tiebreaker to force the third. Margin = +45 points 5-9 Shots = 152 won / 130 lost.

Federer goes to Miami licking his wounds after losing his fourth of six career finals to Del Potro. He handed Federer his first loss of the year, snapping the Swiss superstar's 17-match winning streak that was the best of his career. Djokovic may be back in action, but he's not looking at full strength, while for Murray the recovery period from hip surgery is unclear - "I want to know when I come back that I'm ready", he said, signalling the grass-court season as an ideal time to return. "The people were excited on every single point", Del Potro said.

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The 36-year-old already has this year's Australian open title neatly tucked under his belt and it looked like he was marching towards yet another trophy at the Masters 1000 tournament at Indian Wells this past weekend.

" I got depressed at home for a long while, and I wasn't happy doing the effort to recover my wrist".

"I like to play finals against him, because nobody has nothing to lose", Del Potro said.

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.

While expressing frustration at his inability to capitalise on key moments, Federer praised del Potro for holding his nerves and getting to finish line.

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

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"I'm really enjoying playing tennis again". Just as they have been this week, hopes were raised again about another magical del Potro fortnight at a Slam. Had Federer been more clinical in those moments he might have finished his opponent.

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