Del Potro celebrates historic win with a splash

Angelo Anderson
March 21, 2018

It was Del Potro's first win against Federer since last year's US Open quarter-finals.

"I can not believe I won this tournament, beating Roger in a great final and level of tennis", Del Potro said. I won a couple of finals and lost a couple of finals.

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.

Federer has an edge over del Potro as the latter seemingly has not been fortunate at Miami, given that he has not been able to scale through the round of 16 more than once in nine whole attempts but it is also possible that he must have trained over time for a terrific comeback.

Beating Federer has never been easy - del Potro had succeeded just six times in 24 previous attempts - and the nailbiting final lasted nearly three hours with both players taking occasional issue with the chair umpire.

"It's so big", Del Potro said. "Well done and enjoy the moment", Federer said during the post-tournament presentation ceremony. "I am still surprising myself and I want to keep surprising the tennis tour", Del Potro said. "It was a lot of frustration after that match point, but then I play well", del Potro said in a statement.

In the first set, the two traded service holds until the fifth game, when Federer badly botched two forehands and found himself broken at love. "He should have maybe closed it first in the second set I believe".

His celebrations, however, were short lived. Del Potro was annoyed the crowd was making noise on his serve and told the umpire he wasn't warning them enough.

It was then Del Potro's turn to rue a missed opportunity, dumping his usually reliable forehand into the net as he went for the victor on match point.

The Argentine seized the opening set and had a match point in the second set tie break but misfired on a forehand - usually his most dependable weapon - to allow the 36-year-old Swiss back into the match. While Potro eclipsed Roger Federer in the final, Japanese ace Naomi Osaka clinched the women's title after defeating Daria Kasatkina of Russian Federation 6-3, 6-2.

Roger Federer was on the ropes, down two breaks in the second set and another one in the third.

The second was to retain the title he won in 2017 in the Californian desert and become the first six-time victor of the Indian Wells Masters. "Goalkeepers. Federer. Leg speed, yes, but not reaction time". "I feel happy again with my tennis life". Not every day is sun shining.

"I mean, I don't know.

He was very steady", Federer said. "The question is how long?" "It is disappointing talking about a great match like this and losing".

"Obviously there is not too much time to dwell over it".

"I was aggressive and I was pushing him to the limits, but at the end he was better player", Coric said. It's a tough one.

"I always play good against him".

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