Juan Martin Del Porto defeated Federer to end his winning run to a superb tournament this year in Indian Wells.
The Argentine beat Swiss 6-4, 6-7 (8-10), 7-6 (7-2) to end Federer’s 17 matches winning streak to claim the BNP Paribas Open title at Indian Wells. By doing so, he became the first player to beat the World No.1 in 2018.
He took two hours and 42 minutes to win the match.
Federer was looking for his record sixth title but it was Del Porto who powered his first ATP Masters 1000 title.
The 29-year-old suffered wrist problems in recent years. He had three operations in recent years that made him use his backhand.
He made a strong start to 2018. Earlier he won his first ATP 500 title in five years at Acapulco and returned to world’s top 10. He also claimed a stunning four-set win over Federer at the US Open previous year before losing to him in Basel next month.
In the match, Del Porto complained to the umpire about the noise from the crowd that was largely supporting Federer.
“It’s difficult to describe with words. It’s like a dream,” Del Porto said.
“After all my problems, after all my surgeries, I couldn’t believe I’m here winning a Masters 1000 and beating Roger. It’s amazing.”
Speaking in his post-match press conference Federer told he didn’t know “what the hell happened” in the final tiebreak but remained composed enough to deliver a classy message of congratulations to Del Potro during the on-court presentation.
“Not much in between us but you deserve it. Well done. Enjoy the moment,” Federer said.