While Federer may be faced with the reality of Del Potro crashing his hopes of winning the finals of the PNB Paribas Open and getting a sixth masters title and the trophy, he is also faced with meeting Novak Djokovic again at the Miami Open for another heated match as Djokovic who has been away is now back and may make an entrance with a smashing comeback.
World number 1 Federer faced the showdown of his career on Sunday with world number 6 Del Potro at the PBN Paribas Open finals in Indian wells where he lost to the Argentine in the finals, breaking his 17 straight win streak in his matches this year.
It was was quite an uproar as fans and officials cheered both parties and the match took a different turn with Del Potro beating world number and claiming the 1000 masters title at Indian Wells.
Somehow, Federer will try to avoid facing Del Potro at the beginning stage of the Miami Open until at least the semi-finals or finals of the tournament. This means that asides Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, federer has got yet another tough challenge and opposition in Juan Martin Del Potro.
Being the defending champion of Miami, Federer is tasked with the responsibility of at least making it to the quarter-finals should he still have the intents of maintaining or retaining the world number 1 title.
Federer has an edge over del Potro as the latter seemingly has not been fortunate at Miami, given that he has not been able to scale through the round of 16 more than once in nine whole attempts but it is also possible that he must have trained over time for a terrific comeback.
Fans will however be hoping to get a repeat of Sunday’s Indian Wells finals which saw Del Potro end Federer’s 17-match winning streak to lift the Masters 1000 event and winning the Indian Wells trophy instead of Federer.
Federer may be playing against Nicolas kicker or Frances Tiafoe in the second round as in the case of Kyle Edmund and may likely face Thomas Berdych in the third round, should he go past the second round of the Miami Open.