3/16/13 4:39 PM | Kelli DeMario
World No. 7 Juan Martin Del Potro is through to the final four at the BNP Paribas Open after rallying to upend world No. 3 Andy Murray in three sets. The Argentine moves on to face world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the semifinal.
Juan Martin Del Potro secured a semifinal spot in Indian Wells late Saturday, having ousted world No. 3 Andy Murray in three sets. The 24-year-old Argentine tallied 23 winners en route to a 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-1 victory.
After splitting the first two sets, Del Potro struck a forehand winner to lead 2-1 in the final set. An insurance break came at 3-1 for the world No. 7, who capitalized on a backhand error from the Scot. Del Potro reached double match point at 5-1, closing on a costly double fault from Murray.
"I thought I hit the ball decently throughout the match, but I played better when I needed to in the first set; then obviously hadn't managed to break him in the match," Murray said. "I had some chances in the second set, didn't manage to get them. I could've served better and returned better. Two pretty important parts of the game."
"He played like someone that's won a lot of matches recently," assessed Murray. "Especially in the second and third set when the important moments came, he played well."
Del Potro ended the match with four of 11 break points converted.
He is slated to take on world No. 1 Novak Djokovic for a place in the final. The top seed defeated France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarterfinals, 6-3, 6-1.
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