Djokovic’s unbeaten run during this year ended at the hands of World Number 7 Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina. The Tandil native over come the World Number 1 and twice BNP Paribas Open champion in a thrilling semi-final clash to end his 4 match losing streak against Serb. The loss ended Novak’s consecutive 22 matches win the streak which dated as back as to London at Barclays ATP World Tour Finals that was held last year in November. Del Potro defeated Top seed with a score of 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 and will now play against Nadal in the final on Sunday.
Del Potro initially lost the first set but came back strongly to win the second. Djokovic in the third set, earned a 3-0 lead as he broke his opponent at the start of set. Del Potro, however, kept his composure and played aggressively to achieve the break back. He broke the strong opponent Djokovic again in 9th game and finally served out the match. Del Potro is bidding for his 2nd title durring current year after he won the ATP World Tour 500 title a month ago in Rotterdam and 15th overall.
In the final, Del Potro will play former World Number 1 and two time BNP Paribas Open champion Rafael Nadal of Spain who reached the fourth final at the Californian desert by knocking out World Number 6 Czech’s Tomas Berdych in straight sets. The win was his 12th straight one against the Czech. Nadal broke his opponent in the seventh game of the first set as Berdych fell to 0-40. He saved two break points but an unforced error gave Nadal a crucial break. Nadal then held serve and eventually served the first set successfully. In the second set, both the players held serve till the seventh game. In the 8th game, Berdych earned his first break point of the match and eventually broke Nadal, courtesy of a double fault. When serving for the set, Berdych was broken to love as Nadal applied pressure. Soon, the set was even at 5-5. In the eleventh game, Nadal broke his opponent again and then served for the match successfully, although he had to save 2 break points in that game with brilliant serving. He won 6-4, 7-5. Nadal will attempt to win his 22nd Masters 1000 title on Sunday and his 600th match. He is on a 13 match winning streak as he won titles in Latin American clay court events at Sao Paulo and Acapulco. .
Nadal boasts a 7-3 head to head against Del Potro.