Nadal, Sharapova triumph
Indian Wells (AP): Rafael Nadal rallied from a set and 1-3 down in the second to beat Juan Martin del Potro 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the BNP Paribas Open...
Indian Wells (AP): Rafael Nadal rallied from a set and 1-3 down in the second to beat Juan Martin del Potro 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the BNP Paribas Open final, giving the Spaniard his third title in four tournaments since returning from a seven-month injury layoff. Nadal improved to a career-best 17 wins from 18 matches this year, including 14 straight wins. He's won three titles, two on clay while runner-up in another on his favorite surface, since returning from a left knee injury.A Meanwhile, Maria Sharapova defeated Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 6-2 to win her first title of the year in the women's final. Indian Wells is Nadal's first hard-court title since Tokyo in October 2010, having lost in six previous finals on the surface. He won his 600th career match and will move to No 4 in the rankings released Monday. Nadal broke a tie with Roger Federer with his record 22nd career ATP Tour Masters 1000 title. He earned $1 million for his third Indian Wells title. Del Potro came up short in his bid to beat three Top-10 players in the same tournament for the second time in his career.He defeated No 3 Andy Murray and No 1 Novak Djokovic in three sets apiece in becoming the second Argentine since Guillermo Villas in 1977 to reach the final here. As Del Potro's forehand sailed wide on his fourth match point, Nadal collapsed flat on his back after playing two and half hours in the desert heat.