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BNP Paribas Open: Nadal Sets Up for Djoke

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The tennis gods looked down on the BNP Paribas Open and smiled. For the first time since 1995 in Indian Wells, all four men’s semifinalists have a Grand Slam title to their name. Specifically the last four men’s Grand Slam champions are represented dating back to Rafael Nadal winning his first French Open championship at Roland Garros in 2005.

The first semifinal of the day saw the rematch of the 2009 U.S Open semifinals where Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro had a straight-sets victory over the Spaniard Rafael Nadal 6-2; 6-2; 6-2. This time the top-seeded Nadal got his revenge defeating unseeded Del Potro 6-4; 6-4 despite a lackluster start.

Del Potro took advantage of Nadal’s double faults and unforced errors every which way to storm out to a 3-0 lead in the first set.

“The match started a little bit strange for me - well strange and not strange, no” Nadal mused. “I think the first game of the return I played well. But when I served for the first time in the match I think I had two or three unforced errors with my forehand, so that’s not unusual.”