March 8, 2014
Del Potro knocked out of Australian Open after losing to Federer
Argentine tennis player Juan Martín Del Potro was eliminated from the Australian Open today in the first grand slam of the year, after losing in the quarter finals against the Swiss champion Roger Federer by 6-4 6-3 6-2.
Del Potro battled it out over a period of an hour and 59 minutes, but what he was able to bring was no match for Federer, who is chasing a 17th grand slam crown and fifth in Melbourne.
With shadow crawling across centre court, Federer double-faulted to bring up two break points and ended up having to save four to close out the set.
After saving the fourth following a fierce baseline skirmish, the 30-year-old let out a loud roar in a rare display of emotion before charging to victory in just under two hours.
"That's why I didn't celebrate when I won the set - just to make it up, you know," Federer told reporters.