Del Potro dispatches Ferrer to reach fourth round at Indian Wells

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Juan Martin del Potro has stated that he'd love to play Roger Federer at Indian Wells this year. (AP)

On Tuesday, world No. 8 Juan Martin del Potro defeated Spanish veteran David Ferrer 6-4, 7-6 (3) at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. 

Del Potro, who is fresh off a title run at the Acapulco Open, had to work for this win, but he looked strong  in doing so. 

The Argentinean's serve was especially impressive, as Del Potro won 87 percent of his first-serve points and 75 percent of all service points. If you need another stat to tell you just how well he was serving, Del Potro faced only one break point the entire match—which he saved. 

The difference in this match was simply the difference in strength between the two players.

Ferrer did all he could and tried to move his lethal opponent around the court in hopes of eliciting errors. The Argentinean was moving well, however, and when he was able to track shots down, he knew exactly what to do with them. Del Potro blasted his forehand all over the court, and even Ferrer, who is known for his defensive prowess, was having trouble getting his racquet on the ball. 

Highlights from Del Potro's win over Ferrer: 

Del Potro's next opponent is world No. 47 Leonardo Mayer. Mayer faced qualifier Taro Daniel, who beat Novak Djokovic in his last match, in third round, and the 30-year-old emerged with a 6-4, 6-1 victory. 

Del Potro and Mayer have met just three times in their careers, and Del Potro has dominated his countryman, winning all three of those matches. They have not played since 2012, when Del Potro beat Mayer 6-3, 7-5, 7-6 (9) at the US Open.

A lot has changed since then, but Del Potro is playing some remarkable tennis lately. He is a real threat to win this tournament. 

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