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Del Potro Sets QF Showdown With Federer

Indian Wells, U.S.A.

Federer© AFP/Getty ImagesRoger Federer won his 12th match in a row on Wednesday.

Three-time Indian Wells champion Roger Federer found himself down a set for the second straight match Wednesday, but rallied for a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Thomaz Bellucci in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open.

Federer converted his third break of the match in the final game to advance in one hour and 41 minutes, securing his 73rd straight win against opponents ranked outside the Top 20 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings.

"I really struggled to make the transition [from yesterday's match]. I was quite surprised, but at the end I found a way, dug deep and came through," said Federer. "It's really important. At the end of the day, these are the wins that sort of almost feel better, to be quite honest, because when you're playing great, it's simple, and it's easy."

The Swiss is looking to win his first title at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden since lifting his third consecutive trophy in 2006. Federer has won 12 matches in a row, picking up titles in Rotterdam (d. del Potro) and Dubai (d. Murray).

The Swiss is looking to win his first title at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden since lifting his third consecutive trophy in 2006. In the final eight, Federer will square off against No. 9 seed Juan Martin del Potro.

The Argentine battled past Denis Istomin 7-6(2), 6-7(6), 6-2 in two hours and 45 minutes to return to the final eight for the second straight year. Unable to close out the match in straight sets, the former US Open champion regrouped in the third set, breaking Istomin twice to pull away for the win.

With the victory, del Potro improved to 20-4 on the season. Three of his losses have come at the hands of Federer, who took victories in the Australian Open quarter-finals, the final in Rotterdam, and Dubai semi-finals.

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