Juan Martin del Potro won his Miami Open first round match 6-0, 7-6 over countryman Guido Pella to set up a super showdown against Roger Federer Friday afternoon.
Federer leads 15-5 over the Argentine, but del Potro memorably got him at the 2009 US Open in five sets. Federer, like del Potro, is also coming off injury.
“We’re both coming off injuries but I think it will be a really good match,” del Potro told Reuters. “I’m going to play my best tennis against Roger.”
Other winners were 18-year-olds Alexander Zverev and qualifier Taylor Fritz. Zverev knocked out American Michael Mmoh in two breakers while Fritz blasted Simone Bolelli 6-4, 6-2.
21-year-old Kyle Edmund topped Jiri Vesely in a final set breaker and Fernando Verdasco, Vasek Pospisil, Sam Groth and former semifinalist Juan Monaco were also winners.
In the women’s draw, the first round saw Lucie Hradeka bounce Eugenie Bouchard 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.
“I’m so happy,” Hradecka said. “It was definitely a tough match. I started very well and then at the end of the first set, I started to be a little more nervy and tight.”
Irina Falconi, Yanina Wickmayer, Caroline Garcia and Christina Mchale were also winners. Mchale will meet 8-time champion Serena Williams on Thursday in the second round.
Also on Thursday, Simona Halep will meet upstart Daria Kasatkina, Sloane Stephens tests Heather Watson and Rafael Nadal is in doubles action.
THURSDAY MIAMI SCHEDULE
SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 24 MARCH 2016
STADIUM start 11:00 am
ATP – A. Seppi (ITA) vs D. Young (USA)
ATP – B. Coric (CRO) vs D. Istomin (UZB)
WTA – [WC] H. Watson (GBR) vs  S. Stephens (USA)
Not Before 5:00 pm
WTA –  S. Williams (USA) vs C. Mchale (USA)
Not Before 7:30 pm
WTA – D. Kasatkina (RUS) vs  S. Halep (ROU)
Not Before 9:00 pm
ATP – M. Baghdatis (CYP) vs [Q] B. Becker (GER)
GRANDSTAND start 10:50 am
WTA – I. Falconi (USA) vs  P. Kvitova (CZE)
ATP – [Q] T. Paul (USA) vs [Q] T. Smyczek (USA)
ATP – P. Mathieu (FRA) vs S. Giraldo (COL)
Not Before 3:00 pm
ATP – R. Nadal (ESP) / F. Verdasco (ESP) vs S. Bolelli (ITA) / A. Seppi (ITA)
Not Before 5:00 pm
ATP – [WC] E. Ymer (SWE) vs F. Delbonis (ARG)
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