Del Potro topples Raonic to set up showdown with Federer

Del Potro topples Raonic to set up showdown with Federer

Between the Argentine and the title stood world number 1 and defending champion Roger Federer and Juan Martin gave his best to prevail 6-4 6-7 7-6 in 2 hours and 42 minutes, claim the title in one of the best finals at this level in the last 10 years! The Swiss Maestro found himself down a set, having not dropped a single set in the entire tournament.

He will now face another 21-year-old in the final four at Indian Wells - Borna Coric. "It was tough for me to keep fighting in the third set but I survived when I broke his serve at 5-4, saving match point".

He advanced to the final in Melbourne when Chung retired in the second set trailing 6-1, 5-2 because of blisters on his left foot. Federer reached match point not once, not twice, but three times.

Federer, seeking his 98 career title, struggled to make much of mark on the Del Potro serve and that continued late into the second set. "That's why retirement can wait, and I'm just really enjoying the ride". On one hand the Swiss has won 27, Del Potro is yet to open his account in this regard.

"It was hard conditions to play in today because of the wind", she said.

The South Korean rose to prominence in Melbourne in January, beating a top 10 player for the first time in the form of Alexander Zverev and later breezing past former champion Novak Djokovic.

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Prediction: Federer is brimming with confidence. Also got a little bit lucky, of course, throughout the match.

Del Potro, who had already won his first title of the season at Acapulco earlier in March, will be looking for the 23rd of his career at next week's Miami Open. Coric, who lost only nine games in his first three matches here and won three-set matches against Taylor Fritz in the fourth round and No. 7 seed Kevin Anderson in the quarterfinals, went after his shots and stuck to his tactics.

After a slow start to his season following a calf injury past year, Raonic prevailed by serve-volleying and attacking the net against Querrey, who was playing in his first Masters 1000 quarter-final. "I know I can play better". Like I said, I'm happy for Juan Martin.

"I hung tough and put a lot of effort into it to get the record, if you like".

Del Potro was competing in his first Indian Wells final since 2013, when he lost to Spaniard Rafael Nadal. "I am exited to see what is next".

Coric held steadily throughout the first set and broke Federer's serve in the eleventh game and held for to close out the set. "It was an easier match than I expected". He had three match points but del Potro found the way to repel them all and break back, setting up another tie break that was the best way to determine the victor in this epic clash.

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