Del Potro tops Djokovic at Indian Wells, Nadal up next in final

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Updated: March 16, 2013

Juan Martin del Potro and Rafael Nadal
were semifinal winners Saturday and will play for the title at the $4.33
million BNP Paribas Open.

The seventh-seeded Del Potro rallied to beat world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, 4-6,
6-4, 6-4 on the hardcourts at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, snapping the
Serbian’s 22-match winning streak.

Del Potro had lost four straight meetings with Djokovic since beating him to
claim the bronze medal at last summer’s London Olympics.

The former U.S. Open champion del Potro is the second Argentine to reach the
final in tournament history. Guillermo Vilas was the runner-up in 1977 in Palm
Springs.

Del Potro will play in his 20th career final. He captured his 14th title in
Rotterdam earlier this year.

Nadal, meanwhile, topped sixth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych, 6-4, 7-5, to reach
his fourth ATP Tour final in as many events this season.

Off to the best start of his career, the Spaniard ran his match winning streak
to 13 and improved to 16-1 in 2013. He won clay-court titles in Sao Paulo and
Acapulco and finished runner-up at Vina del Mar.

Saturday’s win was Nadal’s 12th straight over Berdych, including seven in a
row on hard courts.

Nadal, the Indian Wells champ in 2007 and 2009, is 7-3 lifetime against del
Potro.

The 2013 Indian Wells winner will collect $1 million.