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Potential blockbuster second round meeting for Roger Federer and Juan Martin Del Potro in Miami Masters

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Federer and Del Potro could meet as early as the second round (Image via Zimbio)

The draw for the Miami Masters has been announced, and easily the most tantilising encounter is the potential meeting between Roger Federer and Juan Martin Del Potro in the second round.

Both are coming back from injury, with Del Potro playing just his third event since wrist sugery, whilst for Federer, it will be his first since suffering a torn meniscus shortly after the Australian Open. Before this match can become a reality though, Del Potro must negotiate a first-round match against countryman Guido Pella.

Federer and Del Potro have met twenty times, with Federer leading the head-to-head 15-5. Del Potro won their most high-profile match in the 2009 US Open final. Federer also defeated Del Potro in the longest three set match in tennis history at the 2013 Olympics in London. Del Potro has also won three of the last five, though Federer has won the last two. Their last meeting came three years ago at the ATP World Tour Finals, with Federer winning in three sets.

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  • Highlights of Federer and Del Potro’s last meeting the O2 in London.

Novak Djokovic will start against Kyle Edmund or Jiri Vesely, and could face Dominic Thiem in the fourth round. Tomas Berdych is his potential quarter-final opponent, though the Czech will likely have to defeat Frenchman Richard Gasquet before looking to Djokovic. Gasquet may have to defeat compatriot Benoit Paire before facing Berdych.

Rafael Nadal has Milos Raonic, John Isner, and Nick Kyrgios for potential company before Stan Wawrinka in the seeded quarter-final. Andy Murray could face Grigor Dimitrov before perhaps facing Kei Nishikori in the bottom half quarter-finals.

Interesting first round ties include veteran Mikhail Youzhny against the unpredictable Ernests Gulbis. Donald Young faces Andreas Seppi, and there will be a teenager battle as wildcard American Michael Mmoh will face Alexander Zverev. There is more than three hundred places between Mmoh and Zverev, but there are high hopes for the American.

The most notable absentees are Kevin Anderson, who has a long-term injury, and Bernard Tomic. Brian Baker joins Del Potro in taking part with a protected ranking. Wildcard recipients are Michael Mmoh, Roberto Carballes Baena, Andrey Rublev, Nicolas Jarry, and Elias Ymer.

Quarter-final draw should the tournament progress according to seeding:

Novak Djokovic vs Tomas Berdych

Roger Federer vs David Ferrer

Rafael Nadal vs Stan Wawrinka

Kei Nishikori vs Andy Murray

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Iga Swiatek beats Emma Raducanu to extend her winning streak to ten consecutive matches in Stuttgart

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Two-time defending champion Iga Swiatek held off 2021 US Open champion Emma Raducanu 7-6 (7-2) 6-3 after 2 hours and 3 minutes to extend her winning streak to 10 consecutive matches at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart. 

Swiatek set up a semifinal match against 2022 Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina, who came back from a break down in the third set to beat this year’s Dubai champion Jasmine Paolini.

Raducanu came back from 0-40 down to earn the first break of the opening set. Swiatek converted her third break point in the second game in a seven-deuce second game. Raducanu saved the only other break point at deuce in the sixth game. Swiatek won the first four points and five of the first six points to win the tie-break 7-2. 

Swiatek earned five break points in the second, sixth and in the 12thgame, but she converted only one opportunity. Raducanu converted her only break point in the first game. Swiatek won nine more points than Swiatek. 

Swiatek broke Raducanu in the second game to open up a 2-0 lead. This break was decisive, as both players held on their next serve in their next games. 

Swiatek earned six break points in the third, fifth and ninth games, but she converted one chance. The Pole did not face a single break point and won eight more points than Raducanu.

“Raducanu started playing at the beginning pretty loose, like she had nothing to lose, and I totally get that. Sometimes it is like that. I knew I was questioning if she is going to be able to keep the same intensity throughout the whole match. It was not about service games or return games. I was just waiting for my chances to break back and I was sure that I am going to get them”, said Swiatek.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas beats Sebastian Ofner in Barcelona to extend his winning streak

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Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Sebastian Ofner 6-4 7-5 at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell to extend his winning streak to seven consecutive matches after claiming his third title at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters last week. 

Tsitsipas earned an immediate break in the first game. Ofner broke straight back to draw level to 1-1. Tsitsipas earned his second break  in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead and served out the first set 6-4 with a hold at 15. 

Tsitsipas broke in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. Ofner won three consecutive games with two breaks of serve to take a 5-3 lead. Tsitsipas came back by winning four consecutive games with two breaks of serve to seal the second set 7-5.

Tsitsipas has a record of 17 wins to 5 defeats in Barcelona. The Greek player reached three finals at this tournament in 2018, 2021 and 2023.  

“I feel pretty good, but it is still early in the tournament. The conditions here are very different to Monte-Carlo and I felt it today when I was playing. My job is to adapt and to ensure I can bring my A game again in Barcelona this week. Today was a great test to see where I stand. I am hoping to keep on improving and getting good wins like this under my belt”, said Tsitsipas. 

Tsitssipas set up a third round match against Roberto Carballes Baena, who beat Lorenzo Musetti 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 in 2 hours and 15 minutes. 

Musetti saved three break points in the first game of the opening set. The Italian player earned two break points with a backhand down the line. Musetti saved two break points in the seventh game. Both players went on serve un the 12th game when Carballes Baena saved a set point. Carballes Baena went up a 5-1 lead with two mini-breaks in the tie-break. Musetti won three consecutive points to reduce to 4-5. Carballes Baena won the final two points to take the tie-break 7-4. 

Carballes Baena converted his fourth break point in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead. Musetti broke back in the fifth game. Carballes Baena saved a break point in the sixth game. The Spanish player sealed the win with a break on his second match. 

Last week’s Monte-Carlo finalist Casper Ruud beat Alexandre Muller 6-3 6-4 to claim his 25th tour-level win of the season. Ruud has drawn level with Jannik Sinner for the most wins in 2024 on the ATP Tour. 

Ruud set up a third round match against Jordan Thompson, who beat Jaume Munar 6-4 2-4 6-4. Roberto Bautista Agut beat Andrea Vavassori 4-6 6-4 6-1 to claim his milestone 400th match win on the ATP Tour. Bautista Agut set up a third round match against Cameron Norrie. 

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Roberto Bautista Agut wins his milestone 400th match on the ATP Tour

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Roberto Bautista Agut came back from one set down to beat Australian Open doubles finalist Andrea Vavassori 4-6 6-3 6-1 after 2 hours and 1 minute at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. 

Vavassori earned an early break in the first game. The Italian player earned three break points in the seventh game, but Bautista Agut saved them. The Spanish player broke straight back in the eighth game. Vavassori broke again in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead and saved two break points before closing out the first set 6-4 on his second set point. 

Both players went on serve in the first four games of the second set. Vavassori earned a break point in the fifth game, but he did not convert it. Bautista Agut broke serve in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead and did not face any break points to win the second set 6-3. 

Bautista Agut broke three times to cruise through to a 6-1. 

Bautista Agut reached the 400th milestone win on the ATP Tour.  The Spanish player has become the 13th active player with at least 400 ATP Tour wins. He achieved 20 wins against members of the top 10, ten wins against top 5 players and four against world number 1s. Bautista Agut is one of the nine players, who have beaten Novak Djokovic as World number 1 more than twice. 

“For me it’s just a number. The important thing is that I have done great work over these years, that I have a very consistent career, a career that I can feel proud of “, said Bautista Agut. 

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