JUAN Martin del Potro has defied the offs, coming from three match points down to defeat world number one Roger Federer 6-4 6-7 (10-8) 7-6 (7-2) at the Indian Wells Masters.
Del Potro’s victory see’s him become the first Argentinian to win the event and also break Federer’s 17-match winning streak.
It was a tense battle between the pair with both letting their tempers get the better of them throughout the match.
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Del Potro complained to the umpire at the changeover about the noise from a crowd that was largely supporting Federer, while the Swiss maestro was often infuriated by his errors.
The 29-year-old Del Potro won the US Open back in 2009 but his career has been hampered by a series of injuries.
“I’m still shaking. I cannot believe I’m here with this trophy, beating Roger after a great battle,” he said during the on-court trophy presentation.
“I was really angry after the second set but I was lucky in the last tie-break I played well and finally I got the trophy.”
Del Potro was also keen to praise Federer after the match.
“I want to congratulate Roger, for a great week, for great success in this historical year,” del Potro said.
“You are making history and I’m so happy to be behind you, seeing what you do and it’s amazing for our sport and for life.”