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Juan Martín Del Potro - Rafael Nadal Live

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Nationality Player Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5
SpainR Nadal466--
ArgentinaJ Del Potro634--

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  1. - - That win also ensures the Rafa getst back into the top four when the new world rankings are released on Monday, the champion overtaking compatriot David Ferrer.

  2. - - NADAL 4-6 6-3 6-4 - GAME, SET & MATCH! This time Rafa does wrap things up, DelPo going wide with a forehand down the line after running round the ball. The Spaniard falls to the floor in celebration of his record-breaking 22nd Masters title and 600th career win overall!

  3. - - NADAL 4-6 6-3 5-4 40-15 - Rafa earns himself another two championship points with an easy backhand volley after DelPo had stopped to challenge the shot before. But Rafa's forehand had caught the line. Two more championship points for Rafa...

  4. - - NADAL 4-6 6-3 5-4 - DelPo also saves the third with a trip into the net that forces Rafa into a defensive backhand lob attempt that drops long. From there the Argentine goes on to hold and force Rafa to serve it out, a forehand drop shot volley enough to end the game when Rafa can only return long despite a speedy run up to the net to get to the ball

  5. - - NADAL 4-6 6-3 5-3 40-30 - DelPo saves the first with a first serve down the T that Rafa can only return into the net. And the second also goes begging for the world number five when he hits a regulation forehand long down the centre of the court. One more remains...

  6. - - NADAL 4-6 6-3 5-3 40-0 - A double fault followed by a forehand into the net don't help DelPo's cause as Rafa quickly finds himself 0-30 up against the Argentine's serve. A blistering forehand winner down the line from Rafa comfortably beats DelPo for pace and it's three championship points for Rafa...

  7. - - NADAL 4-6 6-3 5-3 - Rafa holds to love once again, sealing the game with a second serve ace and leaving DelPo serving to stay in the match

  8. - - NADAL 4-6 6-3 4-3 - DelPo continues to display all his best battling attitude as he produces a great serve out wide, Rafa returning wide across court, to hold to 15 and not give this match to the Spaniard

  9. - - NADAL 4-6 6-3 4-2 - Nadal takes another step towards his third consecutive title with a love service hold that ends when DelPo pushes his forehand long down the centre of the court. Rafa now potentially just two games away from the win.

  10. - - NADAL 4-6 6-3 3-2 - DelPo races through a much more straight-forward hold, ending the game with an ace down the centre of the court, to send a clear signal to Rafa that he is not going away just yet

  11. - - News coming out of the Miami Masters during this match is that Nadal has withdrawn from the tournament, which gets underway on Wednesday. As yet there has been no official reason for the withdrawal but it's pretty safe to say it is to give Rafa a rest after reaching four finals in four attempts since his return last month. Nadal pulls out of Miami Masters

  12. - NADAL 4-6 6-3 3-1 - DelPo is left doubled over after another amazing defensive point from Rafa that demonstrates all his defensive prowess in spectacular fashion. DelPo ends up sending a forehand long down the centre of the court to allow Rafa to level up at 30-30, something Rafa quickly turns into a hold when he produces another great serve out wide that DelPo is unable to return in play

  13. - - NADAL 4-6 6-3 2-1 - BREAK! Rafa steals another break point doing enough with a dipping forehand passing shot attempt that DelPo cannot get the ball back over the net despite getting a racquet to the ball. And, unlike the last game, Rafa does secure the break this time - whipping a forehand winner down the line to go ahead

  14. - - NADAL 4-6 6-3 1-1 - Rafa races through a love service hold, sealing it with an ace, in just one minute and 26 seconds to put DelPo back into serve much quicker than the Argentine would have liked

  15. - - NADAL 4-6 6-3 0-1 - Rafa quickly earns himself two early break points at the start of this final set, riffling yet another forehand winner down the line. DelPo saves the first with an inside-out forehand winner which he lands right on the sideline and the second with a forehand winner. He also saves a third with another inside-out forehand winner before eventually going on to hold. That was a very important hold for DelPo to at least stall Rafa's momentum.

  16. - - Nadal has not won a title when he dropped the first set since Roland Garros in 2006. That's almost seven years. Which is just another ridiculous stat surrounding the Spaniard!

  17. - - NADAL 4-6 6-3 - SET! An ill-advised drop shot attempt from DelPo ends in the net to hand Rafa two set points. But the world number five only needs the one, firing off an ace down the centre of the court to level the match

  18. - - NADAL 4-6 5-3 - BREAK! Rafa earns himself another break point with consecutive forehand winners - the first an inside-out drive volley and the second a change-of-direction shot down the line. DelPo saves it with a forehand winner of his own, across court off the shorter ball but a double fault hands Rafa a second chance and this time he does break. Again it is the forehand that does the damage, a cross court bullet getting DelPo on the back foot before a driven forehand winner from up at the net

  19. - - NADAL 4-6 4-3 - A shorter second serve from Rafa is punished from DelPo, who moves up the court and dismissively batters a backhand return winner across court. But it's the only point the Argentine gets in the game as Rafa holds to 15 to sneak ahead for the first time in this set

  20. - - NADAL 4-6 3-3 - BREAK! DelPo opens with a terrible drop shot that Rafa easily gets to. But somehow the Argentine gets away with it, getting up quickly to Rafa's return drop shot and dinking the ball across court for a forehand passing shot winner. But a double fault and a forehand error hand Rafa two break back points. The first is saved by DelPo with a cheeky angled backhand drop shot winner after a spot of serve and volley. But he gives the game away on the second with a backhand long.

  21. - - NADAL 4-6 2-3 - DelPo goes for the barn-storming cross court forehand winner but sends the ball just wide into the tramlines as Rafa holds to 15 to stick with DelPo albeit still a break down

  22. - - NADAL 4-6 1-3 - Boom! DelPo races through a blink-and-you'll-miss-it service hold to 15, sealing the game with an ace, slinging all the pressure back over the net at Rafa

  23. - - NADAL 4-6 1-2 - A great one-two punch of a big first serve out wide followed by a forehand winner down the line is much more like the Rafa of early in the first set and it brings up two game points. DelPo sends a return just long of the baseline but decides not to challenge and Rafa has the hold. He is off the mark in this second set and keeps the deficit down to just the one break

  24. - - NADAL 4-6 0-2 - Rafa pushes DelPo all the way to deuce and looks set to deny the Argentine on a game point having got his opponent completely out of position, but he puts his relatively easy forehand out. The draws a groan from the crowd as well as a puff of air in the cheeks and a shake of the head from Rafa as DelPo holds to consolidate the early break in this second set

  25. - - NADAL 4-6 0-1 - BREAK! Rafa is completely out of his rhythm now as he slaps down a double fault to help DelPo to a 0-30 lead against serve. The Spaniard does recover with a trademark forehand winner down the line but DelPo comes straight back at him with a running forehand passing shot that goes for a winner across court. That brings up another two break points but he only needs the one as Rafa nets a forehand to concede his serve

  26. - - NADAL 4-6 - SET! DelPo earns himself three set points with a cross court forehand winner. Rafa denies him on the first with an angry forehand winner of his own, riffled down the line. And the second also goes begging when DelPo just marginally misses a forehand down the line after an epic rally from both players. But DelPo does clinch the set at the third chance; another astonishing rally ending with a diving forehand volley passing shot winner down the line!

  27. - - NADAL 4-5 - BREAK! DelPo gets an astounding amount of power behind his forehand, running around the ball to bang one down the line, recovering in time to get one down the opposite line and then finding a inside-out winner across court to bring up two more break points. And he does go ahead and break at the first attempt when Rafa hits an unsure looking off-forehand long across court. DelPo will serve for the set after the change of ends.

  28. - - NADAL 4-4 - Del Potro races into the net to fire off an easy shoulder-height forehand volley winner before holding once again with an ace. The Argentine looks far more comfortable and confident now than he did at the beginning of this match

  29. - - NADAL 4-3 - Rafa also holds to love; DelPo only just getting a racquet frame to a forehand approach shot from Rafa. The Argentine does not look too happy about something but he doesn't challenge and Rafa is back in front, albeit only on serve.

  30. - - NADAL 3-3 - DelPo races through a comfortable service hold, sealing the game with an ace, to fully get things back on serve in this opening set.

  31. - - NADAL 3-2 - BREAK! DelPo is beginning to hit his stride now as he goes back behind the scrambling Rafa with a wrong-footing forehand winner down the line to level at 30-30. It's a forehand that also does the damage in the next point, although this time it's from Rafa as he earns himself a game point. A mis-hit forehand from Rafa allows DelPo back into the game before immense defence brings up break back point. And break back he does with a spectacular forehand return winner.

  32. - - NADAL 3-1 - A first double fault from DelPo hands Rafa two more break points. The world number seven saves the first with an ace, straight down the T, and the second when Rafa puts a fairly regulation forehand into the net. From there DelPo goes on to hold with back-to-back crushing forehands that Rafa cannot get back in play. The Argentine is off the mark.

  33. - - NADAL 3-0 - Nadal races across the baseline and almost pulls off a great forehand cross court passing shot but the ball drifts just wide as he squanders a first game point. But he quickly makes amends with a great serve that puts DelPo on the back foot, eventually drawing the error from the Argentine. Rafa holds to consolidate the break.

  34. - - NADAL 2-0 - BREAK! Nadal lets off the hook a little with a forehand just long to allow the Argentine to level at 30-30 and then again with a stretched backhand long to allow the Argentine to level at deuce. But Nadal earns himself a second break point with a forehand winner ripped down the line off a DelPo sliced backhand. Again Rafa hits long to squander it and then also a third but he finally does break at the fourth attempt with another forehand winner down the line.

  35. - - NADAL 1-0 - An amazing 34 stroke rally is ended when DelPo just marginally misses a backhand down the line to hand Nadal a game point from deuce. And it's a forehand long that ends the game from the Argentine. He challenges but it's pretty frivolous as the ball was clearly long and Nadal holds.

  36. - - The players are ready to go and it will be Nadal to get the clash underway by serving first ...

  37. - - Rafa has lost his last six hard court finals. You have to go back to October 2010 to find the last hard court title - in Tokyo.

  38. - - If Nadal wins today it will be his 600th career win. 600. Which is ridiculous.

  39. - - These two have met each other 10 times before with Nadal leading the head-to-heads by seven wins to just three for Del Potro. Nadal won the first three before DelPo hit back with three wins on the bounce. But Rafa took the next four, all in 2011, including a walkover at the Madrid Masters and the Davis Cup final clash between the two. Injury troubles to both players however, mean, they have not faced each other since that Davis Cup match in late 2011.

  40. - - Del Potro is also enjoying a good start to the year, however, having picked up a title in Rotterdam and enjoying a fantastic win over Djokovic yesterday to end the world number one's unbeaten 22-match winning streak, stretching back to October last year.

  41. - - Nadal is on a scintilating run of form since his return from nine months out with those knee troubles. He reached the final in Vina Del Mar, before winning titles in Sao Paolo and Acapulco. And now he's in the final here.

  42. - - Nadal reached this championship match with back-to-back straight sets wins over Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych while Del Potro has had to come back from a set down in each of his previous two matches (against Andy Murray in the quarter-finals and then against Novak Djokovic in last night's semi-final).

  43. - - Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage from the Indian Wells Masters final between world number five Rafael Nadal and world number seven Juan Martin Del Potro.

Juan Martín Del Potro

Nationality ARG
Date of Birth 23/09/1988
Height 1.95 m
Weight 78 kg

Rafael Nadal

Nationality ESP
Date of Birth 03/06/1986
Height 1.85 m
Weight 85 kg

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  1. Oh well done Rafa, was in bed when this was going on,­ sorry but I need to be in bed early but it was the­ first thing I looked for on the tv news channel when I­ got up today. Could only be more thrilled if it had­ been Roger, but seeing as he went out I would always­ wish for Rafa to win next. Am really delighted for you­ Rafa, it must be such a reward for you after being­ sidelined with injury for so long, to come back and win­ the way that you have. Roll on Paris, Murray and a few­ more who said thay were in with a good chance will be­ bricking it now !!

    From smudger, on Mon 18 Mar 16:20
  2. Sam why have you switched allegiance are you a glory­ hunter. I mean your hero is taking a 'break'­ for some strange reason!! Just like Andy did also. And­ add Novak to the pack at least Rafa is honest about his­ break but what treatment is your hero having on his­ back, and I would love to know what is in that glueten­ free 'diet' anyone know?

    From WV, on Mon 18 Mar 15:47
  3. Sensational performance by Rafa! Love you, even with­ your tight underpants

    From ann patricia, on Mon 18 Mar 8:41
  4. Great match, well done to both. Really glad that Rafa­ is back and he's proved it by winning. Exiting­ match. I must say that I had doubts after the first­ set and thinking back to how Rafa was only a couple of­ points from losing to Gublis. Well done Rafa, welcome­ back, good effort Delpo.

    From Martha, on Mon 18 Mar 2:06
  5. Well done Rafa. You have salvaged the reputation of the­ Europeans.

    From John, on Mon 18 Mar 1:06
  6. Cut the #$%$ you daft #$%$, just take ur meds n may­ they will kick in one day. the truth is u are doomed to­ be wrong in every sense of ur sickening life as u were­ wrong to be born dirtbag

    From Sorena, on Mon 18 Mar 0:45
  7. Frank::: I agree with u on one thing! If anyone can win­ 4 slams in a row right now it's Novak! Rafa will­ be 27 in two months so one more year for rafa and then­ in 2014. Us open we will witness his demise even in­ smaller tournaments forget the slams!

    From Sam parikh, on Mon 18 Mar 0:39
  8. Sorena::: no ur wish will become ur nitemare! Noway is­ rafa winning the French or any other slam! Biach

    From Sam parikh, on Mon 18 Mar 0:37
  9. Frank::: I slightly disagree with you... Novak is in­ fine form he now has that slice for wimbeldon and he is­ playing better than 2011! He is more stronger than 2011­ and rafa has no chance let me repeat no chance against­ Novak at the slams! French for Novak wimbeldon it­ could be fed Novak or Andy depends on how the draw­ works out! Although fed would have to duplicate his­ performance from last years wimbeldon! Rafa won't­ be a factor at wimbeldon! And the is open it's­ again going to be Novak fed and Andy! But if Novak­ plays his best he can come out a winner ! It's­ tough to win all as the pressure is tremendous! But if­ any one can donot it's Novak I agree with you! ­ Rafa winning 3 tournaments in a row is not a big deal­ one good tournament and two Mickey Mouse tournaments!­ Novak and Andy Delpo didn't even bothered to play­ there! Again rafa absent from Miami! Guess why? He has­ not played for 7 months he should be fresh! But we know­ the reasons! No place to hide at Madrid Rome and the­ French!

    From Sam parikh, on Mon 18 Mar 0:36
  10. Like a boxing fight, the the coolest and activest of­ minds won. In this case Rafa. Great to see DelPotro in­ a final and credit to his never surrender attitude.

    From Sunny, on Mon 18 Mar 0:35
  11. From this moment on, Rafa roars on to raise the trophy­ in RG and make a history after clinching the EIGHTH.­ Then we'll be like floating on air n haters r but­ to bleed to death

    From Sorena, on Mon 18 Mar 0:22
  12. Yes Sam. Firstly I'm glad rafa is back, he is good­ for tennis, dont support him myself but recognise he is­ good for tennis. However Novak has brought tennis to a­ new level. I think he will win all slams this year, I­ really do. He realises he can't go gong-ho at every­ event like 2011 and has to conserve energy for the­ slams. I don't see anyone beating him over 5 sets­ this year. Rafa is back that is good, but make no ­ Mistake about it, Novak is the top dog and the man to­ beat. If a rafa fan says otherwise they are deluded.

    From Frank, on Mon 18 Mar 0:22
  13. Now we all know who the best player on the tour is.­ Vamos Rafa

    From Bonano, on Mon 18 Mar 0:21
  14. Sam the coward has to hide behind Novak,why not Fed Sam­ emm

    From alchemist, on Mon 18 Mar 0:18
  15. Sam you come across as an uneducated human being.­ Seriously how old are you? I just don't­ understand why you would decide to spill hatred on­ Nadal just because your 'idol' Federer lost to­ him. Can't you just witness great tennis and be­ happy that we're all lucky to be watching tennis of­ this great quality. For the past few years now,­ you've been on yahoo saying how Nadal will lost­ this and that and then he does the opposite by winning.­ Are you not tired of seeing how your predictions have­ been failing for the past years now?

    From Hakeem, on Mon 18 Mar 0:18
  16. Hakeem:: I am surprised that ur walking free in the UK!

    From Sam parikh, on Mon 18 Mar 0:17
  17. Frank::: I agree with u! Novak is going for the French­ and I am with u my friend! We want rafa to play Novak­ in rafas house the French! And destroy him there! And­ frank this time I am not requesting Novak to take it­ easy on rafa! This time there should be more pain than­ the one that Novak caused at the 2012 aus open! This­ time Novak will make rafa suffer on his fav surface!

    From Sam parikh, on Mon 18 Mar 0:15
  18. All Novak's fans are POSs

    From ducati, on Mon 18 Mar 0:13
  19. Today is celebration time for rafa fans he did play­ great so he does deserve it! But at the French both­ Andy and Novak will be waiting for him! And no escape­ at the French! By the. 9 tournaments under his belt! So­ no excuses!

    From Sam parikh, on Mon 18 Mar 0:13
  20. Novak Novak still the number one and Novak will best­ rafa in his house at the clay court slam the French! So­ enjoy rafa fans! And pray that someone else beats ur­ hero at the French cause if rafa plays Novak Novak will­ again embarrass him! Just like he in all of 2011!

    From Sam parikh, on Mon 18 Mar 0:11
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