Argentine Juan Martin del Potro advanced to the 2013 Indian Wells final with a stunning 4-6 6-4 6-4 victory over the world no.1 and top seed Novak Djokovic.
The Serb started the encounter with more confidence than his opponent, taking Del Potro’s serve once to clinch the first set.
However, the Argentine 2009 US Open champion managed to regroup and with the help of some massive forehands and well placed backhands he forced Djokovic right behind the baseline, breaking him three times to force a decider.
It was the 2013 Australian Open winner Djokovic who took a quick 3-0 lead in set three, just before letting Del Potro right back into the match at 3-3. After the Serb dropped his serve once more when serving at 4-4, nothing could stop the Argentine from booking a place in the Sunday’s final.
Del Potro will play Spaniard Nadal next, who overcame Czech Berdych in straight sets 6-4 7-5.
Nadal, who has been sidelined for several months due to a knee injury, has now won 16 out of 17 matches this year. He will be looking to win his third Indian Wells title.