Miami Open: Federer dispatches Anderson, Halep knocked out

Miami Open: Federer dispatches Anderson, Halep knocked out

Miami Open: Federer dispatches Anderson, Halep knocked out

Three-time champion Federer beat 20th seed Anderson 6-0 6-4 in a match lasting just under an hour and a half.

The 37-year-old was beaten at last year's Wimbledon quarter-finals, and he has two big positives going into their next match.

Shapovalov reached the semifinals by beating 28th-seeded Frances Tiafoe 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-2 - the third time in four matches at this tournament that he rallied from a set down before prevailing.

Next, instead of an experienced veteran like the 32-year-old Anderson, he'll meet someone who spent his childhood watching the Swiss in 19-year-old Denis Shapovalov. The Swiss tennis star easily won the first set in 26 minutes.

Federer, however, finally moved to within one service game of victory when Anderson hit long and was broken.

"Yeah, I think it's going to be a bit tricky, you know", Federer revealed before the match.

"It's an exciting draw for John and for myself here, playing these young guys. Yeah, that's just very tough to swallow".

That triumph was Anderson's only win over Federer in six attempts - and the only time he has won a set.

Halep's recovery from 1-5 down in the second set showed the kind of mental toughness displayed by only the very best and the Romanian is looking in good shape to land her first Miami title, even if she's not overly consumed about the prospect of reclaiming the number one tag.

Federer struck the decisive blow at 4-4, however, winning a marathon game of 22 points and clinching the break with a fortuitous backhand return down the line. I highlighted yesterday that Federer has had considerable success on the South African's serve in previous meetings and this continued on Thursday night.

"That's not what I wanted to do but maybe what it took".

"It feels surreal to get this far, especially as I came through qualifying", Auger-Aliassime said.

While Federer is just getting into the quarters, defending Miami champion John Isner of the USA became the first man in the field to reach the semifinals and did it in what's become his customary fashion.

He said: "Driving home during a tournament and being able to sleep in your own bed is not very common". The Canadian acknowledged Federer as his idol and now when he is going to perform against him, it is like his dream has come true.

This is only the second career semi-final on the main tour for Auger-Aliassime, and the first at Masters 1000 level.

Shapovalov also spoke about what appears to be a bright future for Canadian tennis.

A final ace extended Isner's unblemished tie-breaker record for the event and ended Auger-Aliassime's career record against top-20 opponents, which was 5-0 entering the match.

"It's kind of insane to share this with Felix", Shapovalov said.

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