2014/11/28

Del Potro Moves Past Murray to Earn Spot in BNP Paribas Open Semis

Juan Martin Del Portro

(March 15, 2013) Juan Martin Del Potro came back to stop No. 3 Andy Murray 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-1 to move into the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Friday. The match, ending on a Murray double fault, reflected on the large number of unforced errors Murray committed – a total of 49 to Del Potro’s 27.

It was the first time Del Potro has beaten Murray on a hard court.

“I was close to beat(ing) him in 2009 in Montreal finals, but I did today, “ Del Potro said.  I played my best match of the tournament.  I was positive all the time, even when I lost the first set, tough first set.

“But in the end, I play my game.  I be aggressive all the time, I’m hitting all the time hard the ball with my forehands, and I play a few slices as well and dropshots.  I think I did a very good game today.”

Murray won a close first set tiebreak 7-6(5) but but could not break the Argentine’s serve throughout the match. Murray in turn was broken a total of four times during the two-and-a-half hour match.

“I thought the first set I was playing pretty decent,“ Murray said.  “I thought I hit the ball decent 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.

“He had a big second serve on to the back edge of the line.  Yeah, 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.”

For the seventh seed Del Potro, it’s his second victory over Murray. Del Potro has lost only one set in his Indian Wells run. He’ll play Novak Djokovic for a place in the final on Saturday. Djokovic has an 8-2 record against Del Potro.

“But tomorrow against Nole I will need to play better than today,” said Del Potro.  “I remember the match in Dubai I was close to win the second set, but he takes all the chances to beat me.  He’s the No. 1.  You never know if he give to you a little chance to win, you know. “

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