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Del Potro to face Federer on comeback trail for both

AFP logoAFP 24-03-2016
KEY BISCAYNE, FL - MARCH 22: Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina celebrates a point against Guido Pella of Argentina during the Miami Open presented by Itau at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 23, 2016 in Key Biscayne, Florida. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFPKEY BISCAYNE, FL - MARCH 22: Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina celebrates a point against Guido Pella of Argentina during the Miami Open presented by Itau at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 23, 2016 in Key Biscayne, Florida. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP © Provided by AFP KEY BISCAYNE, FL - MARCH 22: Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina celebrates a point against Guido Pella of Argentina during the Miami Open presented by Itau at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 23, 2016 in Key Biscayne, Florida. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFPKEY BISCAYNE, FL - MARCH 22: Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina celebrates a point against Guido Pella of Argentina during the Miami Open presented by Itau at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 23, 2016 in Key Biscayne, Florida. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Juan Martin Del Potro, only three events into his comeback from left wrist surgery, has booked a second-round date Friday with fellow on-the-mend star Roger Federer at the Miami Open.

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Argentina's Del Potro defeated countryman Guido Pella 6-0, 7-6 (7/4) in his opening match at the ATP and WTA hardcourt event, advancing to face third-ranked Federer, who underwent knee surgery February 3 and as a seed had a first-round bye.

"I'm going to try to play my best tennis against Roger," Del Potro said. "We're both coming off injuries but I think it will be a really good match." Del Potro, the former world number four, is now ranked 366th as a result of his long injury lay-off. He is in only his third tournament since returning from left wrist surgery last June, having reached last month's Delray Beach semi-finals and being ousted in the second round at Indian Wells.

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