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18-Mar-18 Mark Hall 
 

Juan Martin wins a highly dramatic match in the desert. VIDEO

 
 
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What a match!

Juan Martin Del Potro beats Roger Federer in the Indian Wells final after a hyper-dramatic contest to conquer his first Master ATP1000 title.

What happened?

After winning the first set, Juan Martin Del Potro was inches to conquer the match, but he failed to convert a championship point during the second set tiebreak when he was leading 8-7 before Federer won it 10-8.

Even if he was visibly frustrated, Juan Martin stayed strong and he managed not to cave in during the third set. Eventually, Federer won a crucial break in the 9th game that gave him the opportunity to go and serve for the championship. At this point, the world no.1 had to face a huge heartbreaker as he failed to convert himself 2 consecutive match points when he was leading 40-15 to then miss another one in the same game. The Swiss eventually lost his serve, and the affair went once more at the breaker.

Federer lost his serve entirely in the tiebreak to commit 2 doubled faults, and it was Del Potro to win the all thing 6-4 6-7 (8) 7-6 (2). The match ended after 2 hours and 42 minutes.

This match will sting. FEDERER

Roger was obviously distraught after the match to comment

"It's a bit disappointing, but that's how it goes. But well done to him. I lost my serve a little bit (in the tiebreak), and he was clean."

I have to get over this loss. I feel frustrated; you let an opportunity like this go by. A game at 40-15, any game. It's disappointing to talk about a great match like this, losing it. It will sting, and it should, but I'll get over it."

After this match, Federer has still a tremendous 17-1 record in 2018, Del Potro a remarkable 17-3.

Next step: Miami.


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Joseph
 
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Originally Posted by ourdub
Roger played poorly against both Coric and Del Potro. Each of them played exceedingly well. This blog is seriously neglecting to cover so many up and coming players as well as other champions in it`s obsession with Roger. he got beat. Period. Everyone does.
Ditto. This blog is all about Federer. It`s hard following this because although I like Roger, this blog rants as if Roger is the only great player out there.
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ourdub
 
Roger played poorly against both Coric and Del Potro. Each of them played exceedingly well. This blog is seriously neglecting to cover so many up and coming players as well as other champions in it`s obsession with Roger. he got beat. Period. Everyone does.
 Reply 19-Mar-2018
Matteo
 
I guess it`s karma. He was close to losing twice vs Coric and he got lucky. This time it was his turn, but it will burn because he was just 1 serve away ... 3 times!
 Reply 19-Mar-2018
Pedro
 
Roger really blew it. He played so poorly his match points, especially the one that he executed the dropshot that almost ended midcourt
 Reply 19-Mar-2018
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