Del Potro Sets Up Federer Clash
Argentine defeats Haase in Miami
Juan Martin del Potro set up a mouth-watering clash with Roger Federer after prevailing in his second-round match on Saturday at the Miami Open presented by Itau, convincingly moving past Robin Haase 6-2, 6-4.
The 27th seed only dropped five points on serve in the opening set and broke Haase twice to grab the early advantage. Both players remained even early on in the second set, but del Potro found another gear and won the final 12 points to advance in one hour and 21 minutes. He improves his FedEx ATP Head2Head record over Haase to 3-0.
Del Potro and Federer haven’t faced each other since the 2013 ATP Finals. The Swiss Maestro leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry 15-5, but their past seven matches have gone to a deciding set. Federer has won five of their six career meetings on outdoor hard-courts, including their past four meetings on the surface.
The Argentine is currently 6-3 this season, requiring some of the world’s best players to defeat him including Milos Raonic (Delray Beach) and Novak Djokovic (Acapulco and Indian Wells).