Roger Federer v Juan Martin Del Potro Friday In Miami; Djokovic, Ferrer, Berdych In 2R Play
by Staff | March 24th, 2016, 11:34 pm

In the most anticipated match-up of the second round at the Miami Masters, Roger Federer meets Juan Martin del Potro in a rematch of their 2009 US Open championship.

Federer also returns to tennis for the first time since undergoing knee surgery in early a February. Today, Federer blamed the injury on a freak accident while getting a bath ready for his twin girls.

After weeks of crutches and rehab, Federer is cautious heading into the match because of the injury, which kept him off the tour since Australia resulting in his appearance in Miami, an event not on his original schedule.

“I’m excited,” Federer said of his return. “Anxious to find out how it’s going to react, is it going to be different day-to-day, how is it going to feel after the match and so forth. I’m just really pleased that I’m here. Couldn’t be more happy how rehab has gone. It’s baby steps.

“Still at the same time you go from crutches to walking to running to jumping to sprinting. It’s pretty incredible to see the progress I’ve been able to make in a short period of time.

“If I feel something tomorrow, I won’t play. It’s very simple. Expectations are really low, which is nice for a

Federer is a 2-time Miami champion but hasn’t won the title in ten years since 2006 when he beat his coach Ivan Ljubicic. In his most recent match in Miami he lost to Kei Nishikori in 2014 quarterfinals.

In other men’s matches Friday, top seed Novak Djokovic begins his quest for a sixth Miami title against 21-year-old Brit Kyle Edmund.

“For me Miami represents something special because it was the first big tournament that I won back in 2007, beating Guillermo Cañas in the final,” Djokovic said. “It helped me to believe and build my self-confidence for the rest of my career. I used it as a springboard basically for everything else that was coming up after that.”

Djokovic is trying to win his sixth Miami event and third straight. The year’s field is as tough as ever with all Top 15 players in attendance.

“I’m very glad that all the top players are taking part in this tournament, I expect some good tennis,” Djokovic said. “I see the fans are already excited, coming in big numbers in the opening days of the tournament.

“So I look forward to it. I’ve had a very successful last couple of years in Miami. The fact that I have five days between Indian Wells final and the first match here gives me enough time to get used to the conditions and get ready for the challenge.”

Former finalist David Ferrer also returns to take on 18-year-old phenom Taylor Fritz.

Tomas Berdych, Marin Cilic and Dominic Thiem are also on court.

In action today, Denis Istomin took down Borna Coric, Marcos Baghdatis beat Benjamin Becker and Federico Delbonis beat Elias Ymer.

STADIUM start 11:00 am
WTA – B. Strycova (CZE) vs [2] A. Kerber (GER)

Not Before 1:00 pm
ATP – [Q] T. Fritz (USA) vs [8] D. Ferrer (ESP)
ATP – [3] R. Federer (SUI) vs [PR] J. Del Potro (ARG)
Not Before 5:00 pm
WTA – [Q] E. Vesnina (RUS) vs [10] V. Williams (USA)

8:00 pm
ATP – [1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs K. Edmund (GBR)
Not Before 9:30 pm
WTA – [13] V. Azarenka (BLR) vs M. Puig (PUR)

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
ATP – R. Ram (USA) vs [7] T. Berdych (CZE)
WTA – D. Cibulkova (SVK) vs [4] G. Muguruza (ESP)
ATP – F. Verdasco (ESP) vs [28] J. Chardy (FRA)
ATP – [31] S. Johnson (USA) vs A. Zverev (GER)
Not Before 5:00 pm
ATP – [10] R. Gasquet (FRA) vs A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP)

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35 Comments for Roger Federer v Juan Martin Del Potro Friday In Miami; Djokovic, Ferrer, Berdych In 2R Play

RZ Says:

Some really good matchups in the early rounds. Cibulkova vs. Muguruza should be good. If Kerber isn’t over her leg injury she could have a tough time with Strycova.

jalep Says:

Poor Garbine – she’s struggling. Sometimes early success is hard to balance. Hope she can start winning again soon. I wonder if she’s been to visit the Steffi Graf/Andre Agassi compound in Las Vegas. Seemed to help Simona. Angie has been there recently – we’ll see if it helps her. I’d like to go for a visit ☺

Strycova/Kerber match is on now. I’m home watching them.

jalep Says:

Sascha v Johnson. If Sascha wins, he plays Berdych again. Bad luck! And Berdych got a w/o from Rampras, I see.

Van Persie Says:

nice match now Thiem vs Groth

RZ Says:

So far so good for Angie!

Matt Says:

Tough first test for the knee. TBH, it’s a toss-up.

jalep Says:

Michael Gallo ‏@Galloots 12m12 minutes ago Markham, Ontario
Federer pulls out of @MiamiOpen not due to his knee injury but feeling ill, won’t play vs @delpotrojuan according to Sky

Delpo v Zeballos !

jalep Says:

Fritzy holding his own better than I expected, but Ferrer got an early break 1st set… and Taylor just broke Daveed as he was serving for the set! wow

Jeez Says:

Federer R. (Sui) – Del Potro J. (Arg) is showing

CANCELLED !! in Flashscore…..

jalep Says:

Back to back Aces from Taylor to hold serve after breaking David gets the teen to leading in the set 6-5. Ferrer to serve to get to a tb.

Win or lose, impressive from Taylor.

Jeez Says:

BREAKING: #Federer vs #DelPotro cancelled. Fed retires with stomach viru

jalep Says:

jeez – it wasn’t his knee – he’s got some kind of illness – flu or something. Rajeev Ram also.

Jeez Says:

BREAKING: #Federer vs #DelPotro cancelled. Fed retires with stomach virus

jalep Says:

Thanks Jeez!

Nishioka has match point vs Lopez

RZ Says:

@Jalep- props to you too for breaking news (although Van Persie beat you to it by 1 minute)

jalep Says:

Nishioka, qualifier, gets the win over Feliciano Lopez!

Ferrer and Fritz in 1st set tb.

Love flashscore. It’s faster than any other…

Jeez Says:

Nishioka is kind like the Cibulkova of ATP but without anything to

show!! but this win against Lopez!!!!

Jeez Says:

Nishioka is kind like the Cibulkova of ATP but without anything to


Except this win against Lopez!!!!

jalep Says:

I’m trying to follo2 4, 5, 6 ….and more matches, RZ! Seeds are falling left and right.

Dave Says:

Poor Fritz. Just lost a heart breaking LONG first set where he had a set point on his own serve. He will lose now it seems.

Van Persie Says:

Fritz played an amzing 1 set…he pushed Ferrer to a TB, so it is a great achievement

jalep Says:

Ferrer prevails but it was so tight. 7(8)-6(6)

Great set. But I doubt Taylor can keep that level up.

Karolina Pliskova out to Babos
Pavlyuchenkove gone to Kiki Bertens
Mladenovic out to Nicole Gibbs!
Errani gone…to Naomi Osaka
Jankovic out sick — Magda Linette advances.

Daniel Says:

Have to wait unitll MC for Fed back on court again. Too bad!

Now this is an opening for DelPo to make at least quarters and gain some much needed points. Good for him is that he gonna receive an invitation for all tourneys he play, regardless of his rankings so he will be in main deaw a lot. Hope he can get as many wins as possible to improve his raboinghs, level and future chances. And test his wrist long term

jalep Says:

Remember having high hopes for Zeballos back in 2009-2010. He’s making life difficult for Delpo, peppering the backhand and using lobs – moving him around…

This is a tricky match – so far. 1st set Zeballos leading, 4-3, on serve.

Daniel Says:

DelPo looks lokehas some isseiwith his right knee. He is not vendong enough to sloce nor hiit his BH(when he hits it).

A pitty see him still a shafow of himself insecure on BH. Hope in a few months he can trust his body more.

jalep Says:

“raboinghs” = rankings. Daniel’s phone language ….

jalep Says:

Yeah, it’s tough watching Delpo not be able to play like he used to, Daniel. He would have blown Zeballos off the court.

As it is, Delpo loses the 1st set 4-6

jalep Says:

Trainer was out for Juan Martin. His left wrist is hurting. The Doctor has been called – apparently. But he’s playing on right now.

jalep Says:

Looks like Delpo sent for pills. Serve and forehand is fine. Vamos!

jalep Says:

It’s too tough for me to watch, JKath.
He’d have to win in 3 sets now and even if the pills kick in and Delpo somehow manages to win a set – can’t see him winning the match.

J-Kath Says:

Alas Jalep – Even if he manages tonight, he’s still not ready….just my opinion…hope I’m wrong.

jane Says:

kyle edmmund played a very nice match with novak; truly enjoyed watching that. they were congenial at net, both in good spirits, both hit some great shots, and the crowd was awesome, supportive of both overall, all the way through. thumbs up miami!

Wog Boy Says:

I remember Miami crowd as pretty fair crowd, at least towards Nole.

anki Says:

Good to see Novak not affected by all that media BS, the crowd was fair to both the players. Good match.

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