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Djokovic exits, Nadal and Del Potro in final

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First defeat in 2013Following his defeat last October to American Sam Querrey, Djokovic (left) had a winning streak of 22 matches that was put to an end by Del Potro (right).Photo: reuters
First defeat in 2013Following his defeat last October to American Sam Querrey, Djokovic (left) had a winning streak of 22 matches that was put to an end by Del Potro (right).Photo: reuters

While Rafa Nadal continued his impressive comeback to reach the BNP Paribas Open final, Novak Djokovic made a shock exit in Saturday’s semi-finals as his winning streak of 22 matches came to an end.

The top-seeded Serb squandered a 3-0 lead in the final set before losing concentration and the match, 4-6 6-4 6-4 to Argentina’s Juan Martin Del Potro, on a sweltering afternoon at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

Djokovic was broken twice in that third set as Del Potro booked his place in Sunday’s final against world number five Nadal, who overcame Czech Tomas Berdych 6-4 7-5 in a semi-final of high quality.

Seventh seed Del Potro, who won his first and only grand slam title at the 2009 U.S. Open, beat Djokovic for only the third time in 11 meetings.Reuters


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