Can Del Potro pass his tough test against Ferrer at Indian Wells?

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Juan Martin del Potro knows that he has a great opportunity to win this huge event at Indian Wells. (AP)

On Tuesday, the showcase match in Stadium 1 pits 35-year-old veteran David Ferrer against world No. 8 Juan Martin del Potro at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. 

The 29-year-old Tower of Tandil and the 35-year-old Little Beast are 6-6 in career meetings; opposites, it seems, really can attract in tennis, and play to a stalemate. Ferrer owned their match-up early, but starting in 2013 it has been all Del Potro. Since his one-sided win at Wimbledon that year, he's dropped just one set in their last four meetings. But that set came two weeks ago in Acapulco. 

Highlights from Del Potro's win in Acapulco: 

After winning that tournament, the eighth-ranked Del Potro has bigger things in mind this week: Namely, taking home his first Masters 1000 trophy—with Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, and Stan Wawrinka all out, there's no time like the present.

But Ferrer seems to be working his way into position for one last run into the Top 20; one thing we know is that he won't go quietly.

Can Del Potro throw Ferrer off with his slice backhand, power forehand combination attack? Can Ferrer move the big man side to side and wear him down? It should be interesting to see this backcourt chess match unfold again.

Winner: Del Potro


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