Juan Martin del Potro has won the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells after he ended world number one Roger Federer’s 17-match unbeaten run.
Del Potro, 29, defeated the Swiss 6-4 5-7 (8-10) 7-6 (7-2) in their final clash on Sunday to become the first player to beat Federer in 2018.
Federer was aiming for a record sixth title in California, but it was the eighth-ranked Argentine who powered to his 1st ATP Masters 1000 title in two hours 42 minutes.
Speaking after his victory, Del Potro could hardly express his happiness in words. He said: “It’s difficult to describe with words. It’s like a dream.”
“After all my problems, after all my surgeries, I couldn’t believe I’m here winning a Masters 1000 and beating Roger. It’s amazing.” he concluded.