Next week at the Argentina Open in Buenos Aires will be the first time since June 2019 that Juan Martín del Potro competes on the ATP Tour, and this Saturday the rival was defined. It will be against his compatriot Federico Delbonis, against whom he has a 1-0 record after winning five years ago in Indian Wells.
Del Potro currently sits at No. 757 in the ATP Rankings, and his last match came against Denis Shapovalov on the grass of the Queen's Club in 2019. Since then he has been struggling to come back from a knee injury. In the ATP 250 of his native country, thanks to an invitation from the organization, he will be competing for the second time and for the first time since 2006 when he fell in the premiere with the Spanish Juan Carlos Ferrero.
The 33-year-old from Tandil is already at the tournament venue and has even been practicing on center court. Tuesday at night will be the meeting of him. In case of winning, 'DelPo' would face in the second round against the Spanish Pablo Andújar or the also Argentine Juan Ignacio Londero.
Another of the first round duels to follow in the contest are: Pablo Cuevas against Federico Coria, Alejandro Tabilo against Pedro Martínez and Sebastián Báez against Holger Rune. The Norwegian Casper Ruud and the local Diego Schwartzman will be the top seeds.
The first will debut in the second round against Roberto Carballés Baena or a qualifier, and the second against Jaume Munar or a qualifier. Speaking with Credit Suisse, Roger Federer expressed his thoughts on a myriad of topics, which included him transitioning from being on the road all the time to taking up a more active role as a stay-at-home dad.
Federer last played at The Championships
Roger Federer recently opened up on how he has dealt with staying home for the last two years while recovering from a serious knee injury. "The last few years have definitely shown me how it could be, how to manage a sort of slower life...
because I actually feel very, very busy [nowadays]," Roger Federer said. "I wake up earlier than ever because my body doesn't need as much rest as it used to. I actually have more time on my hands when I wake up at 7 o' clock in the morning.
I wanna remain curious and really learn, you know.... just working hard, but still enjoy the process." Federer added that his wife Mirka gave him a fresh perspective on his retirement, insisting that he would have no regrets when the time comes since it would allow him to spend more time with his kids.
"My wife has told me don't jump from one to the next, if you want to retire, make time, you know? See what you do, there will be opportunities, and my kids are at a very important age right now, boys are seven, girls are twelve," Federer said.
"And I wanna be there, you know? To support them as a dad, I feel I've been there so, so much and I don't have any regrets when it comes to that."