The Indian Wells final is tonight and it promises to be a thrilling match between two in-form players.
Rafael Nadal secured his place in the final with a straight sets win over number six seed Tomas Berdych 6-4 7-5. The match wasn’t as easy for Rafa as the outcome may suggest, the Czech gave the Spanaird a tough time and made him fight and bring out his best.
In the other semi-final, world number one Novak Djokovic surprisingly exited the competition to seventh seed Juan Martin del Potro, who had beat Andy Murray, from a set down, to progress from the last eight. The Argentinian also had to come from a set down to win this match 4-6 6-4 6-4, ending Novak’s 22 match winning streak. Read more about del Potro’s journey to the final by clicking here.
Del Potro has been my stand out competitor from the event, he’s hit some superb and un-returnable forehands from all areas of the court and even some delicate slices that have caused the world’s best some problems. He would be my bet for the final had it not been for the very tiring games he has played in the build up, disposing a lot of energy. The 2009 US Open champion has took on the world number one and three in very long matches in such a short space of time, I wonder if that’ll take its toll and play into the favour of Rafa, who has had some less-tiresome matches.
There were plenty of questions asked of Nadal ahead of his return to the head courts but he has responded brilliantly, proving doubters, who thought his long term injury may affect his game, wrong. The 11 time grand slam champion has been fantastic with his backhands during his games so far, hitting them much more agressively when defending. His forehands up the line have caused difficulty for his opponents so far.
Juan Martin del Potro and Rafael Nadal have met ten times, with the Spanish master coming out on top on seven occasions. However on hard court the head-to-head is level at three each.