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Del Potro Battles To Murray Win

Indian Wells, U.S.A.

del Potro© Getty ImagesJuan Martin del Potro recorded just his second win in seven meetings with Andy Murray.

World No. 7 Juan Martin del Potro earned just his second win in seven meetings with Andy Murray on Friday at the BNP Paribas Open, rallying from a set down to reach the semi-finals with a 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-1.

The Argentine set a semi-final clash with World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who is unbeaten in 22 matches. Djokovic takes an 8-2 record into the match, with del Potro’s last victory coming in the bronze medal match at the London 2012 Olympics.

Murray clinched the first set in a close tie-break, but quickly fell behind in the second set, losing serve to love in the first game. It was a deficit he could not recover as del Potro levelled the match. The Argentine then powered through the decider, breaking serve three times to claim victory in two hours and 33 minutes.

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The 24-year-old Del Potro is bidding to reach his second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final and first since 2009, when he finished runner-up to Murray at the Rogers Cup in Montreal. One month later, he went on to win his first Grand Slam championship at the US Open (d. Federer).

Del Potro improved to a 15-3 match record on the season and is looking to win his second title after victory at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam (d. Benneteau) last month.

The 25-year-old Murray was playing his first tournament since reaching the Australian Open final (l. to Djokovic). The Scot had the chance to return to World No. 2 in the Emirates ATP Rankings this week, had he reached the final.

"I thought I hit the ball decently throughout the match, but I played better when I needed to in the first set; then obviously hadn't managed to break him in the match.  I had some chances in the second set, didn't manage to get them. I could've served better and returned better. Two pretty important parts of the game. 

"He played like someone that's won a lot of matches recently. Especially in the second and third set when the important moments, came he played well."

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