2016 News


Champion to Champion: Federer v. Del Potro


By: Christopher Menendez

Former No. 4 Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina is set to play 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer at the Miami Open on Friday afternoon. The 27-year-old del Potro defeated his fellow countryman, Guido Pella, 6-0, 7-6(4) on Wednesday night setting up the 21st career meeting with the Swiss maestro.

Juan Martin del Potro is playing in his third event since returning from wrist surgery in January at the Delray Beach Open where he reached the semi-finals. The Miami Open marks Federer’s first competitive match since undergoing knee surgery seven weeks ago to repair a torn meniscus. This is Federer’s 16th appearance at the Miami Open where he will be going for his third title (2005-2006 champion).

Federer owns a 15-5 lead in the all-time series including a win over del Potro in their last meeting at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in 2013. Del Potro defeated Federer in the final of the 2009 US Open winner to claim his first Grand Slam title.

Tomorrow, the Swiss champion will face another former champion. Hard courts and humidity are obstacles for Federer whose eyes are set to peak in July for the Wimbledon title followed by the Summer Olympics in August and the U.S. Open in September.

Join us tomorrow, Friday, March 25, for the head to head match! Tickets available here.


About the Miami Open presented by Itaú

The 2016 Miami Open will be played March 21-April 3 at the Crandon Tennis Center in Miami. The two-week combined event is owned and operated by IMG. The Miami Open is one of nine ATP Masters 1000 Series events on the ATP calendar, a Premier Mandatory event on the WTA calendar, and features the top men's and women's tennis players in the world. The tournament is widely regarded as the most glamorous on the ATP and WTA calendars because of its exotic Miami location, thriving nightlife, five-star hotels and restaurants, beautiful weather and beaches, and its celebrity appeal. For ticket information, call +1.305.442.3367 or visit www.miamiopen.com.

About Itaú

Itau is the largest Latin America privately owned bank, with approximately 95,000 employees and operations in 20 countries throughout the Americas, Asia and Europe. Itaú’s relationship with sport goes back to the 1970s, when Itaú first sponsored the Itaú Tennis Cup in Brazil in 1970. Itaú has been a sponsor of the Miami Open for the last six years, and also sponsors the Rio Open, the only combined ATP/WTA event in South America. Itaú also supports the Brazilian Women’s Tennis Circuit, only female professional tournament in South America, certified by the Brazilian Tennis Confederation (CBT) and the International Tennis Federation (ITF), as well as the Tennis Institute Training Center, responsible for the development of young, new talent.

About IMG

IMG is a global leader in sports, fashion and media operating in more than 25 countries around the world. IMG’s businesses include Events & Media, College, Golf, Tennis, Performance and IMG Academy, Fashion, Models, Clients, Licensing, Joint Ventures, and creative management agency Art + Commerce. In 2014, IMG was acquired by WME, the world’s leading entertainment and media agency. Together, the companies offer an unparalleled client roster; strategic partnerships with sponsors and brands; and marquee assets across sports, entertainment, events, music and fashion.