Miami - Roger
Federer is preparing himself for a barrage of Kevin Anderson big serves
after the Swiss superstar sealed his place in the ATP and WTA Miami
Open quarter-finals in just 61 minutes on Wednesday.
Federer is celebrating 20 years at this tournament and edged closer
to his fourth title in South Florida as the up and coming Russian Daniil
Medvedev was swatted aside 6-4 6-2.
Next up for the 20-time Grand Slam-winning legend is the South
African world number seven who famously beat the 37-year-old at
Wimbledon in 2018 over five dramatic sets.
That triumph was Anderson's only win over Federer in six attempts - and the only time he's won a set.
But having classily dealt with Medvedev, the former world number one
knows it won’t be as straightforward with the 6-foot-8 in Anderson at the
other end of the Hard Rock Stadium’s centre court.
"I think if you beat me at Wimbledon, you've got my attention," smiled Federer.
"He's got a great serve and I'm happy he's playing again after his injury.
"So from that standpoint, I know what I'm about to expect tomorrow.
The matches I have played against him I know can be extremely close
always, just because of his sheer possibilities that he has on the
"I believe that probably the best surface for him is this kind of a
type of hard court here in the States where he's spent a lot of his time
practicing, as well.
"I've just got to make sure I protect my serve very well and slice
maybe sometimes, get into the rallies, and then find a way. So it will
be interesting to see how it's going to go."
The key moment against Medvedev came towards the end of the first
set, Federer breaking serve for 5-4 - a game which saw him win a
34-stroke rally - before saving three break points on his own serve to
seal the first set.
The missed opportunity seriously hurt Medvedev who capitulated once he was broken in the first game of the second.
"Holding at the end of the first set was very important but in the
second I played well and really went for my shots," added Federer who
won 81% of points on his first serve and finished the match on 85%.
Defending champion John Isner, meanwhile, powered his way to the
semi-finals as Roberto Bautista Agut, who sent world number one Novak
Djokovic crashing out in the previous round, was seen off 7-6 (7-1), 7-6
Isner will face Canadian teen sensation Felix Auger-Aliassime in the last four.
The 18-year-old Auger-Aliassime became the youngest ever Miami
semi-finalist after seeing off world number 13 Borna Coric 7-6 (7/3)
"It feels surreal to get this far, especially as I came through
qualifying, " said Auger-Aliassime.
"I just tried to impose myself from
In the women's draw, Simona Halep moved closer to reclaiming her
world number one crown after a well-executed 6-4 7-5 triumph over
China's Wang Qiang.
Following Petra Kvitova's exit on Tuesday, Halep needs only to reach
Saturday's final to knock Naomi Osaka off the top of women's tennis
after being deposed following the Japanese's second major win at the
Australian Open earlier this year.
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.
"It doesn't mean everything to get back to number one. It's more
important to finish the year in that position," said the number two
seed. "But if I do it, I will be very proud."
Halep will meet world number seven Karolina Pliskova in the last four
on Thursday after she won the battle of the Czechs with Marketa
Vondrousova 6-3, 6-4.
"The first set was very close, she played well but I just tried to be
more aggressive, " said Pliskova after reaching her third semi-final of
"A match against Simona is always intense."
Results on Wednesday from the WTA and ATP Miami Open hardcourt tournament (x denotes seeds):
Roger Federer (SUI x4) bt Daniil Medvedev (RUS x13) 6-4, 6-2
John Isner (USA x7) bt Roberto Bautista (ESP x22) 7-6 (7/1), 7-6 (7/5)
Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) bt Borna Coric (CRO x11) 7-6 (7/3), 6-2
Simona Halep (ROM x2) bt Wang Qiang (CHN x18) 6-4, 7-5
Karolina Pliskova (CZE x5) bt Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) 6-3, 6-4