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I can't believe I won Indian Wells — Del Potro

I can't believe I won Indian Wells — Del Potro

Federer was on the verge of a record sixth Indian Wells title - which would have delivered him a 28th Masters 1000 crown and the 98th title of his illustrious career - when he brought up championship point at 5-4 in the final set.

Roger Federer seethed under the California sun in the Indian Wells Masters final.

"Well, it's so big". It's like, Okay, too good. "It's like a dream". "But I cannot believe I won this tournament, beating Roger in a great final".

"And I'm excited to keep working. Unfortunately, I couldn't stay calm in the tie-break of the second set, but then the calms come again in the end of the match and I played good in the tie-break". "But the first thing is try to be healthy during the whole year and play where I like to play". And, I mean, it's my shot, you know, my forehand from that side of the court.

"I don't remember half of it", said Federer. I think I was just also just trying to pump myself up more, to get energy for me.

It was Del Potro's seventh victory over Federer in 25 career meetings, one of those wins coming in the 2009 US Open final. "It will be Miami, but that's enough". He closed out the win on his third match point when Federer's forehand failed.

Federer's attention will need to switch quickly to the next event on the tour, the Miami Open, which begins on Wednesday.

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Juan Martin del Potro prevailed over Roger Federer in a titanic tussle to claim Indian Wells glory on Sunday. But del Potro staved both off to force deuce.

"It should sting", Federer said. As close as it can be sometimes when you're not feeling it or momentum has shifted, it's just crazy how it can go the other way. It is disappointing talking about a great match like this and losing. I don't want to get into the details.

Del Potro recovered to deuce with a forehand winner.

World number eight Del Potro is back in the top ten rankings this season for the first time since 2014. For 2½ hours, they played as if they had nothing - and everything - to lose.

The Swiss great rallied against the odds to win his 17th Grand Slam title at Australian Open 2017.

Federer said he spent too much time second-guessing himself during Sunday's match. Yeah, Juan Martin was a bit better at the end.

"It [missing match point in the second set] was horrible moment for me".