Federer dismisses Del Potro, reaches Masters 1000 milestone

Roger Federer made quick work of Juan Martin del Potro on Friday afternoon at the BNP Paribas Open, cruising past the Argentine 6-3, 6-2 to notch a record 250th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 match win.

Federer got out of trouble in the first game of the match, saving two break points, but encountered little resistance the rest of the way. He broke the ninth-ranked del Potro three times from six chances, fired 13 aces and clinched the victory on his third match point after just 69 minutes.

Federer improved to an 11-2 record against the Argentine, defeating him for the fourth time in 2012. Del Potro’s two wins against the Swiss had come in the 2009 US Open final and later that season at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.

The Swiss advances to the Indian Wells semi-finals for the seventh time in nine years. Federer and will be colliding for the first time in singles action at this ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament, but for the 28th time overall. The Spaniard holds an 18-9 record against Federer in the career series, including a win in their most recent meeting two months ago in the Australian Open semi-finals.

“They’re always special matches, especially because they’re always are in very important matches for both of us,” said Nadal. “That always makes the match very special. But even if it's not the final, being in the semi-finals is an important match."

“Playing against Roger always means a little bit more than against the rest of the opponents because I am playing probably against the best of the history, and because I played probably the most important matches of my career against him and probably him against me. That's why it makes the match a little bit more special than the rest.”

Date: 17.03.2012, Source: ATP


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