After coming off an eight months injury- break the 35-year-old Swiss maestro has stormed the tennis world just like old times, first, the Australian open and then the Indian Wells. The world No.6, who is playing his 16th Miami Open started the event with a win over young American Frances Tiafoe 7-6(2), 6-3.
On the other hand, Argentine 28-year-old Del Potro knocked out Robin Haase 6-2, 6-4 in the first round match. Potro
What’s interesting about this match is, Potro who came into Miami ranked No. 366 in 2016 currently, sits at rank No. 34. That’s an astonishing achievement in itself while Federer who hasn’t played the Miami tournament since 2014 is feeling on top of his game.
Kyrgios kicked off his Miami Open play with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Damir Dzumhur. So far the young 21-year-old Australian holds an 11-3 record in 2017, including a massive victory over World No. 2 and three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic at Indian Wells.
In his first-round matchup in Miami, Kyrgios was little sluggish as he trailed 0-3 in the opening set, but he fought back to secure the win in a little over an hour. Kyrgios pulled out of his scheduled clash with Roger Federer at the BNP Paribas Open due to sickness so it looks it still has some effect on him.
On the contrary, one of the oldest person playing in Miami is 38-year-old Karlovic has proved, age is just a number as he defeated Andrey Kuznetsov 7-6(4), 6-1 in the first round Saturday.
The Croatian veteran who ended 2016 with his first top-20 finish is a Florida resident and is familiar with soaring court conditions in Miami. However, Kyrgios leads the head-to-head matchups 2-0 against Karlovic, with their last meeting taking place in 2015.