Del Potro extends win streak in Indian Wells
3/14/2018 9:37:08 AM EST
Juan Martin del Potro isn't getting ahead of himself.
Even though he and Roger Federer are the top two men's singles seeds remaining in the BNP Paribas Open, the Argentinian knows he would need to win three more matches just to have a shot at a potential final-round matchup with the Swiss star.
Del Potro, the sixth seed, got past 29th-seeded David Ferrer of Spain 6-4, 7-6 (3) on Tuesday in third-round action at Indian Wells, Calif.
"I'm not thinking about that," del Potro said of a possible meeting with Federer, the No. 1 seed, for the title. "Still far away from the final, but of course, any chance to play with Roger would be great."
A 29-year-old veteran, del Porto is riding an seven-match winning streak. He won the championship of the Mexican Open earlier this month.
Regarding Indian Wells, del Porto said, "I've reached the finals, semifinals, yet never held the trophy."
The next player in his path is fellow Argentinian Leonardo Mayer, who beat Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel 6-1, 6-4 on Tuesday.
"I know I'm playing a different game than few years ago," del Potro said, according to the (Palm Springs, Calif.) Desert Sun. "I mix it up with the slice, drop shots. I try to come to the net more often than years ago. And I think I like the way I'm playing now. ...
"I improved on other things in my game (such) as my volleys and slices, and I think I have a complete game at the moment."
In other third-round action, second-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia was bounced by 31st-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 6-4.
Kohlschreiber won for the seventh time in 11 meetings with Cilic.
"I felt good," the German said. "I played aggressive. I played well in the crucial moments and on the big points. I think another key factor was that it was a two-set win."
Next up for Kohlschreiber is Pierre-Hugues Herbert, who advanced when French countryman Gael Monfils retired due to a back injury while trailing 6-2, 3-1.
Eighth-seeded American Jack Sock was an upset victim, stumbling 7-6 (6), 4-6, 6-4 to 28th-seeded Feliciano Lopez of Spain. American Sam Querrey, seeded 18th, got past Indian qualifier Yuki Bhambri 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-4.
Canada's Milos Raonic, the 32nd seed, moved on to the fourth round, as did qualifier Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus.
--Field Level Media