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Novak Djokovic vs Juan Martin del Potro BNP Paribas Open Indian Wells 2017 live score match updates

Djokovic* 7 - 5, 4 - 6, 6-1 Del Potro
Updated: 15 March 2017 11:29 IST - Published: 15 March 2017 07:07 IST
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What a draw for Djokovic, though. He's up against Nick Kyrgios next.
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Novak Djokovic beats Juan Martin del Potro 7-5, 4-6, 6-1
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Brilliant drop volleys from Novak Djokovic  - and he wins it! 
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Rally of the match? We think so! Into the net, away from the net, and then some, and both players run around! After trying to stave off break point, Del Potro gets broken. 

Djokovic will serve for the match.
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Some really, really aggressive baseline play from Djokovic here. He puts all his intent behind that  backhand, but nets it! 
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For now though, Djokovic leads 4-1 and Del Potro will really want to do something about it.
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Accelerating the pace, Djokovic takes a 4-1 lead early on. I think Del Potro might be losing this one based on the headspace he seems to be in right now, but he's dug himself out of situations like this already so you can never really write him off!
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Touch and go, easy as you like! Novak Djokovic hammers that one in, it kisses the line. Sublime shot-making, and he's about to build on that break. Not going very right for Del Potro right now, and it's looking like a love hold for the Serb at just the right time! 
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Del Potro's a bit down, and he hugs a ball boy. Sweet little moments.
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Djokovic has pulled off a stunner! The Serb breaks in the third to take a 3-1 lead and sees an angry Del Potro on the other end! When a single point is contested for over a minute, you know it's a big fight.
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The serves are getting faster, and so is the gameplay! But both players are clawing at it for every single point.
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Djokovic comes into the net - and it pays off! Del Potro almost gets to the ball, but can't in the end. 
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Djokovic sets it all up for an early break here and he has two break points in the third set. 10 minutes in, and Del Potro fights back that break point with an ace down the line. Easy as you like. But probably not. 
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Set No. 3... and no one cows down! Djokovic holds his service game, and Del Potro can't keep the line.
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An absolutely solid fight from both players, neither ready to give up. Del Potro has to have an edge on his even temper - cool as you like! 
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HE'S DONE IT! Del Potro blazes through as he smokes a quick forehand across the court. And it's the second set to Del Potro, 6-4! 
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Del Potro smashes out an ace. What a time. He'll want to bring up set point quickly! 
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Djokovic now serves to stay in the set!
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Thunderous groundstrokes and smashes from Novak Djokovic here and he's really got it out for Del Potro! But here's a chance for the Argentine to go 5-3 and it's right there! 

And a misjudged return from Djokovic sends Del Potro to a 5-3 lead. 
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Djokovic has absolutely put his foot back in the door! He's now behind 3-4, with Del Potro still up a break of serve.
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How long has it been since that happened? Del Potro returns to nowhere land and a man in the stands seems most thrilled to have caught it.

This isn't cricket though...
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Running all over the court, Djokovic flattens and slices a stunning shot to Del Potro. It's on the line and the Serb gets one break back!
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Just what the doctor ordered! del Potro is up a double break of serve now at 4-1 and he's running away with this! A marathon service game followed by a break. Got to be fun.
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And Djokovic spits first. He sends it out wide and there's no break after all. 
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Pure pride on Del Potro's face - and he follows up with a FLYING shot! Djokovic is talking himself into this moment and we could very well see no break at all.
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He brings the set score back to deuce..and wards off a break, for now.
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Scooped and sealed! What a quality forehand from Del Potro - and he knows it! 
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Del Potro completely misjudges his own forehand and it lands, inexplicably, in his own side of the net. It's already time for Djokovic to break back.
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Hold on, hold on, and he does! Del Potro builds for the hold at 2-0 and he's racing across the baseline like a break-dancer! That footwork is great, and Del Potro keeps moving to keep Djokovic on edge.
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This set is eerily like the first one at exactly the same stage... and goodness, there's some high quality tennis from both. He's had his lulls, has Novak Djokovic, but he's returning Del Potro's melting-forehands at some level! 
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Are we witnessing the 'return' of Djokovic? He's playing a brilliant game here, but Del Potro's not one to cow down. It's advantage Del Potro and the Argentine breaks to start off Set 2! 
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Djokovic serves to open the second set, which he'll hope is the last one.
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Fight on court. An incredulous Djokovic thinks Del Potro's serve is out, Del Potro says it's good...chair umpire...says it's good! Point to Del Potro.

But that anger's helped Djokovic somewhat and he takes the set, 7-5! 
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And just like that, a couple of loose shots bring up set point for Djokovic. 
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A couple of loose, long shots from Djokovic here today and the heat is on. Del Potro's up 30-0 with some perfectly placed shots but sends a loopy one into the air.
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Del Potro serves to stay in this set. He comes to the net  - likely to put pressure on Djokovic, and it's WORKED! Djokovic shanks that return into the net and he's annoyed with himself now.
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Another love hold. 5 games all. 31st seed Juan Martin Del Potro's signature huge forehands are a delight to watch and he's levelled scores here! 
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Del Potro en fuego! He runs to the net and absolutely smokes that forehand. If we were in a cartoon, that ball would have a smoke trail! 
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Novak Djokovic appears to have woken up from an initial lull, and he's hitting hard and fast now! After exchanging a few textbook cross-court forehands, Djokovic varies with one down the line - and then sends  Delpo's return right back with a drop shot! 
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A love hold at the best possible moment - and we're at 4 games apiece in a tight Round 3 match! 
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Wow! What a turnaround that was! Djokovic plays a brilliant service game replete with the athleticism that he is known for. He is up 4-3.
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That hold surely woke up the champion in Djokovic. With some phenomenonal returns, the second seed got the break back for 3-3.
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The Serb had to do all the hard work yet again for a service hold. Once more, Del Potro made it a deuce game as Djokovic started missing routine backhands but the World No. 2 managed to avert disaster.
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Del Potro races through his service game for 3-1
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Del Potro races through his service game for 3-1
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It took 13 minutes to finish just 3 games! We are in for a cracker today!
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The World No. 2 survives!! The Argentine is still ahead 2-1 with a break. 
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It is not smooth sailing for Djokovic even on his second service game. Del Potro has forced a deuce.
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Consolidation! Some lightning fast forehands from Del Potro to build on that break - and he leads 2-0! 
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Annnnnd we're off - with Djokovic broken in the first game! Del Potro leads 1-0.
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The Serb also won their last match, at the Mexican Open in Acapulco.
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This will be the 16th match between Del Potro and Djokovic - with Djokovic winning 12 of the 15 so far.
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Federer has just beaten Steve Johnson 7-6(3), 7-6(4) to progress to R4, while Nadal had an easier time, marginally, against Verdasco at 6-3, 7-5. 
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Starting this off with great news for tennis fans - both Federer and Nadal have won their respective matches, setting up a 'Fedal' clash in Round 4!