Del Potro shocks third seed Murray

Mar 17, 2013, 01:52 IST | AFP

Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro upset World No 3 Andy Murray 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 6-1 on Friday to reach the semi-finals of the Indian Wells Masters.

Del Potro, the 2009 US Open champion, beat reigning US Open champion Murray for just the second time in seven meetings and booked a clash with World No 1 Novak Djokovic for a place in the final.

Del Potro
Del Potro celebrates his victory over Andy Murray on Saturday. PIC/AFP

Djokovic earlier remained unbeaten in 2013 with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The defeat means Murray will have to wait longer for a chance to overtake Roger Federer for the second spot in the world rankings.

Murray could have risen to No 2 for the second time in his career by reaching the final here after Federer bowed out in the quarter-finals. But the Scot was undone by eight double faults, the last coming on match point to bring things to a close after two hours and 32 minutes.

Sharapova in women’s final
Maria Sharapova reached her first final of 2013 on Friday, beating Maria Kirilenko 6-4, 6-3 in a semi-final slugfest to set up a title showdown with Caroline Wozniacki. By reaching the final, Sharapova is projected to rise one spot to No 2 in the world when the new rankings are announced on Monday.

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