Juan Martin Del Potro continues amazing himself. Near stopping tennis after four wrist surgeries as of late, the Argentine battled to return to the ATP Tour even as he was diminished to hitting his strike with one hand rather than his standard two.
The battle paid off Sunday, when Del Potro fought off three match indicates in the third set beat top-positioned Roger Federer 6-4, 7-6 (8), 7-6 (2) for the BNP Paribas Open title.
The win positions up there with Del Potro’s 2009 U.S. Open title, in which he beat Federer, and helping Argentina, win the Davis Cup in 2016.
“I cannot believe I won this tournament, beating Roger in a great final and level of tennis,” Del Potro said.
Naomi Osaka of Japan won the ladies’ title 6-3, 6-2 over Russian Daria Kasatkina in a coordinate of 20-year-old rising stars.
Del Potro and Osaka each earned $1.3 million.
Del Potro turned into the main Argentine champion in the 42-year history of the abandon competition. He gave Federer his first loss of the year, snapping the Swiss whiz’s 17-coordinate winning streak that was the best of his profession.
“I feel frustrated that I let an opportunity like this go by,” Federer said.
“It was a lot of frustration after that match point, but then I play well,” Del Potro said.