"I'm still shaking I'm so nervous". I'm No6 in the world, I think?
"I can not believe I won this tournament, beating Roger in a great final and this level of tennis". "I get on every court with a smile".
"I always play good against him".
"I'm really enjoying playing tennis again", the new No. 6 in the world added. "You're very special, I share this trophy with you".
"But for that you need to have a very positive mindset". In the victory, Del Potro won 89 percent of his first serve points and 62 percent of his second serve points.
Juan Martin del Potro, once one of tennis' hottest young talents before his career was derailed by injuries, won the Indian Wells Masters yesterday (Singapore time) two years after nearly quitting in frustration.
Roger Federer's first target entering the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells was to retain his world number one ranking, which he achieved by making the semi-finals with a straight sets victory over Hyeon Chung.
The Argentine drew first blood, breaking at love for a 3-2 lead and he secured the opening set in 34 minutes by holding at love. "Well done and enjoy the moment". "I never miss that forehand", Del Potro said, after the match. The win also snaps Federer's 17-match win streak. Federer then double-faulted and they were back on serve at 6-6 in the breaker.
Perhaps more impressive was the way he closed out the set, though. Over that period of time it has been Del Potro who has caused him the most trouble. The Argentine netted a forehand and it was 8-8.
He saved a third match point, softly stroking a passing shot down the line, before a crushing forehand victor had the usually elegant Federer scrambling desperately across his baseline.
As for Del Potro, the win is a massive one for him and confirms his recent resurgence is the real deal.
A leaping backhand smash gave Federer a break point in the ninth game of the third set.
Federer had an opportunity to close out the clash on serve a 5-4 after a break.
Since Federer took that famous six month break away from the game he has won 69 out of his 74 matches.
The world No. 1 then got a third match point but his drop shot was chased down by a sprinting Del Potro who found the passing shot he needed to save it.
But tennis is a game of abrupt momentum shifts and tiny margins, and though del Potro has had more than his share of misfortune through the years, this turned out to be his lucky day. The final was an unfortunate anticlimactic end to a flawless tournament for both players.
"So it should sting, like you said, for a bit". "I can see why he caused a lot of problems to a lot of players, and he's only going to improve from here".
While it's worth noting that nine of their last ten matches have not been settled in straight sets, it's hard to know how much credence we can give such a trend.