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Rafael Nadal rallies to win Indian Wells title

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Rafael Nadal's rally to win the Indian Wells title over Juan Martin del Potro was his third win in his last four tournaments.

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (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 on Sunday, giving the Spaniard his third title in four tournaments since returning from a seven-month injury layoff.

Nadal improved to a career-best 17-1 on the year, including 14 straight match 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.

Indian Wells is his 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.

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