Juan Martin Del Potro hopes to make another big splash in Miami

Juan Martin Del Potro hopes to make another big splash in Miami

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.

Federer returned to the world No.1 ranking after victories at the Australian Open and in Rotterdam but his 17-match streak was halted by Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro at Indian Wells.

World No. 8 Del Potro is back in the top 10 for the first time since 2014. Del Potro holds a 4-2 record over Federer in finals (though the Swiss leads their overall head-t0-head 18-7). The compelling contest was concluded in two hours, 42 minutes. And I'm excited to keep working.I just want to keep winning titles like this if I can.

Federer survived a match point in the second set tiebreaker to force the third set.

"It's a bit disappointing but that's how it goes", Federer told the press.

Del Potro's triumph in Indian Wells, and indeed the 11-match winning streak he is now on, will have raised hopes that he can possibly win another Slam. "I'm still surprising myself, and I want to keep surprising the tennis tour".

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But tennis is a game of abrupt momentum shifts and tiny margins, and though del Potro has had more than his share of misfortune through the years, this turned out to be his lucky day.

Del Potro has persevered and conquered most of his doubts, but on Sunday, with Federer back across the net in the final of the BNP Paribas Open, del Potro had to be patient again. "It's unfortunate, but I'm happy for him". Del Potro urged him to stop the pro-Federer crowd from making noise on his serve and an irritated Federer also had a couple of lively conversations with the umpire.

Federer lost the 2018 Indian Wells final to Juan Martin Del Potro.

And in the tiebreak, the Swiss star's forehand went AWOL as he lost the breaker 7-2 to the Argentine, who won at an ATP Masters 1000 event for the first time. The reason for that is that there are some players who for all their talent, just can not stay injury-free for long enough to challenge for and win the biggest titles regularly. Federer settled in and got the second set to a tiebreaker, which he appeared to win until a delayed challenge by del Potro overturned Federer's serve on set point. To suggest that Del Potro is ready to beat two of these four at a major tournament would be jumping the gun after just one triumph.

"But what's interesting is that he put himself out there with no double-hander nearly, but just happy to slice and still take losses, I guess, you know, because he knew it was going to probably not be enough against some players, but he was happy enough playing this way, which I admire a lot".

"Not much in between us but you deserve it".