BNP PARIBAS OPEN 2012
Federer Dismisses Del Potro, Reaches Masters 1000 Milestone
Indian Wells, U.S.A.
World No. 3 Roger Federer made quick work of Juan Martin del Potro on Friday afternoon at the BNP Paribas Open, cruising past the Argentine 6-3, 6-2 to notch a record 250th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 match win.
The Swiss advances to the Indian Wells semi-finals for the seventh time in nine years and will reignite his rivalry with World No. 2 Rafael Nadal. He is looking to return to the final for the first time since 2006, when he claimed his third consecutive event title.
"He's got a great work ethic, and obviously he's one of the great players of all time," Federer said of Nadal. "I have had some great matches with him all around the world by now."
Federer got out of trouble in the first game of the match, saving two break points, but encountered little resistance the rest of the way. He broke the ninth-ranked del Potro three times from six chances, fired 13 aces and clinched the victory on his third match point after just 69 minutes.
"This was definitely a great match," he said. "I sort of expected myself to come out and play a good match today after the struggle I had against [Thomaz] Bellucci. I don't usually struggle back-to-back days, so this was for me a really good match against a great player. I'm happy I was able to maintain the great streak I've got going against him this year."
Federer improved to an 11-2 record against the Argentine, defeating him for the fourth time in 2012. Del Potro’s two wins against the Swiss had come in the 2009 US Open final and later that season at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
By extending his winning streak to 13 straight matches, the 30-year-old Federer joined Nicolas Almagro as the second player this season to reach 20 match wins.
Del Potro was also going for his 20th match win of 2012 and fell to a 19-5 mark. "Roger played better than me," he conceded. "I couldn't be focused during all the match. I didn't feel comfortable playing the match. That was my problem. Roger did his job, and he's a good winner."