'Roger Federer was injured for seven months and...', says former ace

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'Roger Federer was injured for seven months and...', says former ace

Stadium 3 of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden opened this Saturday with one of the most anticipated matches on the third day of competition at the BNP Paribas Open. No. 19 seed Carlos Alcaraz faced host Mackenzie McDonald to earn a spot in the third round 6-3, 6-3.

The 18-year-old Spaniard resolved on his side in one hour and 35 minutes the tenth game he plays in 2022, a season in which he has a 9-1 record. He also achieved his seventh consecutive victory since he started his way to the title at the ATP 500 in Rio de Janeiro a few weeks ago.

Precisely on the Brazilian clay he became the youngest player to win an ATP 500 tournament since the category was established. For the Murcian, who was exempt from playing the opening round, it is the first victory in Indian Wells.

Last year he made his debut in the tournament, although he could not beat Andy Murray in his debut. He did it by converting five of the nine break chances he set up and with 64% of points won on his first serve. Alcaraz faces his sixth main draw at an ATP Masters 1000, where he has his best record in the round of 16 that he signed last year in Paris-Bercy.

This time he will try to match that same mark against his compatriot Roberto Bautista Agut. The 21-time Major champion's comeback from a serious foot injury in 2021 has made his feat all the sweeter. Interestingly, his good friend Roger Federer enjoyed similar success when he returned from a knee injury in 2017.

Tommy Haas on Roger Federer

Indian Wells tournament director Tommy Haas recently compared Rafael Nadal's comeback to Roger Federer's return to action in 2017. The German feels Nadal's incredible 15-0 start to the season is reminiscent of the sensational form Federer showed at the start of 2017.

"Yeah, it's truly, truly incredible," Tommy Haas said. "I had the chance to actually have dinner with him the other night so I got a little bit more of the insights about his start to the season. Kind of reminds me a little bit of you know, when Roger was injured for about six, seven months and he came back in 2017 and sort of you know, had a phenomenal start to the season when he won Australia, came here and to Miami to win that and then on to win Wimbledon."