Former US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro stunned top-ranked Roger Federer 6-4, 6-7 (8/10), 7-6 (7/2) Sunday to win his first Indian Wells title and second consecutive ATP crown. The 29-year-old from Argentina handed Federer his first match defeat of 2018 and extended his own win streak to 11 matches, including a title run earlier this month at Acapulco. "Im still shaking," Del Potro said.
"Its difficult to describe with words. Its like a dream." Del Potro, nagged by wrist injuries throughout his career, survived three match points before claiming the championship in a third-set tie-breaker, ending a two hour, 42-minute marathon contest. "After all my problems, after all my surgeries, I couldnt believe Im here winning a Masters 1000 and beating Roger," Del Potro said.
"Its amazing." Del Potro won the first five points of the deciding tie-breaker then closed it out when Swiss superstar Federer smacked a forehand long. Del Potro was competing in his first Indian Wells final since 2013 when he lost to Spaniard Rafael Nadal. It was only Del Potros seventh victory over Federer in 25 career meetings. "I always play good against him. I won a couple of finals and lost a couple of finals.
In the end, I was lucky to win. We played great tennis today," Del Potro said. World number eight Del Potro is back in the rankings top 10 after dropping to 1,045th before beginning his comeback...