Friday, March 15, 2013

Nadal and Del Potro Win Big At Indian Wells!

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The highly anticipated match between World No. 2 Roger Federer and World No. 5 Rafael Nadal at the BNP Paribas Open was not exactly the clash we all expected. Nadal crushed Federer 6-4, 6-2 and pretty much controlled the match from start to finish. The dismal showing by Federer was a result of an ailing back which bothered him throughout the contest. However, give Federer credit for playing the match out and not withdrawing because of his injury. Nonetheless, Nadal improved his all-time record to 19-10 against the 17-time Grand Slam champion.

Nadal next faces World No. 6 Tomas Berdych in the semifinals.

In another quarterfinals match, World No. 7 Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina defeated World No. 3 Andy Murray 6-7, 6-3, 6-1. For del Potro this is by far his biggest win since his comeback from wrist surgery over a year ago. Yes he's won some tournaments during his comeback but this is his first win against any of the Big 4 (Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal) since his return.  This is no doubt a huge confidence booster for the 2009 U.S. Open champion who is looking to join that elite group and dub it the Big 5.

He now moves on to the semifinals to face World No. 1 Novak Djokovic who easily won 6-3, 6-1 over World No. 8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 54 short minutes. This next match will be a huge test for del Potro who, before his wrist injury, was no stranger to big-time semifinals matches.

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His match against Djokovic should be a good one.   

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