Points won by each set: [ 32-23, 46-44, 44-41 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
29 % Del Potro – 34 of 115
28 % Federer – 33 of 115

Nine years after his maiden Grand Slam title, Del Potro [8] finally wins a Masters 1K event (in his fourth final), after amazing match against his toughest rival (7-18 H2H). In the 2nd set the Argentine had saved six set points when he had his first match point – netted FH from a doable position. After exceptionally tense set in which both players were arguing with an umpire (Fergus Murphy), Del Potro was frustrated, but he held a couple of times. He lost his serve at 4-all though, and he seemed finished as Federer led 40/15 in the following game. The first MP DelPo saved with a forehand winner, on another one the Swiss [1] tried BH dropshot from the back of the court – strange decision, netted. Break point DelPo, another MP Fed – this time saved with a FH passing-shot (Federer was again unsuccessful with a BH dropshot attempt). The deciding tie-break was anti-climatic as Federer committed two double faults, and on Del Potro’s third match point sent his FH long. “It’s so big,” said Del Potro on his 11-match winning streak. “I cannot believe I won this tournament, beating Roger in a great final and level of tennis. We played great tennis today. I’m No. 6 in the world, I think? Which is so good to me. And I’m excited to keep working… I just want to keep winning titles like this if I can.” Del Potro’s first Masters 1K title following his three final defeats, all of them against the best players after intriguing finals being relatively close to the crown: Montreal 2009 (one game away vs Murray), Indian Wells 2013 (three games away vs Nadal) & Shanghai 2013 (again one game away, this time vs Djokovic)… Del Potro’s record in deciding 3rd set tie-breaks is extraordinary (15-3), Federer drops in MP-matches to 17-19 (at least 20 matches of this type have lost only Isner & Karlovic). He’s lost first match after 17 consecutive wins this year (21 counting Hopman Cup).

Del Potro’s route to his 22nd title:
2 Alex de Minaur 6-2, 6-1
3 David Ferrer 6-4, 7-6(3)
4 Leonardo Mayer 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-3
Q Philipp Kohlschreiber 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
S Milos Raonic 6-2, 6-3
W Roger Federer 6-4, 6-7(8), 7-6(2) – 3 m.p.

# Comparison of their two finals concluded with the same scoreline:
Basel 2012: Del Potro d. Federer 6-4, 6-7(5), 7-6(3)… 2 hour 44 minutes… Total points: 115-107 (aces: 10-18)… Breaks 1-0
Wells 2018: Del Potro d. Federer 6-4, 6-7(8), 7-6(2)… 2 hours 42 minutes… Total points: 122-108 (aces: 8-11)… Breaks 2-1

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