No, not Lionel Messi.
But World No. 7 Juan Martin del Potro who just stormed his way into the BNP Paribas Open final with a gut-wrenching semifinals win over World No. 1 Novak Djokovic. Del Potro beat Djokovic 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 ending the Serbians 22-match winning streak and handing him his first loss of the 2013 season. It takes a whole lot these days to beat the World No. 1 and del Potro had to play a near flawless match to do so. And he did.
It now seems like the 24-year old Argentine is finally back after a devastating wrist injury nearly ended his career almost two years ago. As we may remember, in 2009, he shocked the world when he stunned then-World No. 1 Roger Federer in the U.S. Open final to capture the Grand Slam title. From that point it seemed like he was headed for greatness but then came the wrist injury which (at the time) derailed his career, dropping him from No. 4 in the world to No. 485, due to his absence after undergoing wrist surgery. When he returned nearly a year after the surgery it took him a while to find his old form again. Since then, by winning a few lower-tier tournaments, he has clawed his way back and is currently ranked No. 7 in the world.
And today he has stunned the World No. 1 in a big time event-- again!
Today's monster win is his second straight win against a Top 3 after ousting World No. 3 Andy Murray in the quarterfinals. He will now face World No. 5 Rafael Nadal for the championship.
Earlier today Nadal ousted World No. 6 Tomas Berdych 6-4, 7-5 in the other semifinals match.
Will Nadal be the third member of the Big 4 taken down by del Potro this week? We'll see.
Read a post I wrote on del Potro's comeback over two years ago, here.