Rafael Nadal defeated Juan Martin del Potro in the final of the 2013 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells as he came back from a set down to eventually prevail 4-6 6-3 6-4.
This is the third ATP title for the Spaniard in 2013, having won the clay court tournaments in Mexico and Brazil.
However, it was Del Potro who seemed to continue in his superb performances from the previous rounds when he eliminated Brit Murray and top seed Djokovic. The Argentine managed to fight back from 0-3 down in the first set and capture it in the end to take a lead in the match.
After Del Potro went up a break at the start of the second set (3-1), it looked as if nothing could stop him from taking this year’s title. But the Spaniard is well renowned for his fighting spirit and he proved it once more. Winning five consecutive games with some fierce hitting, he forced a decider.
The momentum seemed to have shifted in Nadal’s favour at the beginning of set three. Despite the Spaniard unable to convert a break point in the opening game, he managed to take Delpo’s serve in game three and was dictating the play throughout the rest of the set. When the Argentine saved three MPs on his serve at 3-5 and 0-40 down, he was only postponing the inevitable. Rafa closed out the match in great fashion and his hard court performance comes as a very pleasant surprise to all his fans around the world.