3/17/13 2:48 AM | Kelli DeMario
World No. 7 Juan Martin Del Potro is through to his first championship final at the BNP Paribas Open, having rallied to defeat world No. 1 Novak Djokovic late Saturday. The Argentine will take on Rafael Nadal for the title.
Juan Martin Del Potro advanced to the final match of the tournament after ousting Novak Djokovic in three sets. The 25-year-old Argentine struck 25 winners en route to a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory in two hours and 50 minutes.
"I was doing a very good match until the third set, but Novak had the chance to beat me when I was down 3-Love," Del Potro explained. "But I came back soon and that gave me a little confidence to come back in that set. Then also the crowd wanted to watch more tennis and (they) helped me to play my best tennis in the end. I think it was my best match in this tournament, for sure."
With the match level at a set apiece, Djokovic took a 3-0 advantage in the final set. Del Potro fought back to reach 3-3 before holding a key break point at 4-4. The Argentine went ahead 5-4, capitalizing on a costly backhand miss from the world No. 1. Match point came quickly for Del Potro, who ended the match with his fourth ace of the day.
"All the credit to my opponent today," assessed Djokovic, who had a 22-match win streak snapped Saturday afternoon. "He deserved to win because he was more composed in the important moments and he played the right shots. He stepped into the court, where, on the other side, I made a lot of unforced errors and was at the back of the court (and was) too passive."
The World No. 7 completed the semifinal effort with five of 12 break points converted.
He is through to take on world No. 5 Rafael Nadal in Sunday's title match. The Spaniard upended 6th seed Tomas Berdych in the semifinals, 6-4, 7-5.
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|1. Djokovic||12 500 pts|
|2. Murray||8 750 pts|
|3. Federer||8 670 pts|
|4. Ferrer||6 970 pts|
|5. Nadal||6 385 pts|
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