Delpo surprises himself with back-to-back titles
Indian Wells: Juan Martin Del Potro, once one of tennis' hottest young talents before his career was derailed by injuries, won the Indian Wells Masters two years after almost quitting in frustration.
"I couldn't imagine this moment. I mean, everybody knows I was really close to quitting tennis before my third surgery on my left wrist," said Del Potro after upsetting world No. 1 Roger Federer 6-4, 6-7 (8/10), 7-6 (7/2) in Sunday's championship match.
"I made a big effort to come back. I have everything what I want, and I want to keep improving my game to see what can I do.
"I had very bad moments a few years ago and I don't want to think about that anymore. I am just enjoying my life and playing around the world. I am exited to see what is next."
World number eight Del Potro is back in the top ten rankings this season for the first time since 2014. He dropped to No. 1,045 before beginning his comeback from the left wrist surgeries in 2016.
The 29-year-old from Argentina says he is not thinking about his ranking and just wants to keep up the pace as long as he can.
"Well, it's so big. I cannot believe I won this tournament, beating Roger in a great final and level of tennis," he said of his first win.