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.
Juan Martín Del Potro - Rafael Nadal
Indian Wells Masters - 17 March 2013
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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!
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...
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
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...
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...
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
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
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.
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
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 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
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
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
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.
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!
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The players are ready to go and it will be Nadal to get the clash underway by serving first ...
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.
If Nadal wins today it will be his 600th career win. 600. Which is ridiculous.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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