Roger Federer and Juan Martin del Potro advanced to a Monday third round in Miami. Federer upped his sparkling 2017 record to 14-1 after beating American teen Frances Tiafoe 7-6(2), 6-3 on a rainy Saturday.
“I’ve hit with Frances maybe twice before. I saw the power he had, the explosivity he had, how he easily can generate pace. He seemed to be fearless, good serving, taking the ball early and making the plays,” said Federer.
After winning Indian Wells, Federer is trying to win Miami for the first time since 2006, and third time overall.
Up next will be Juan Martin del Potro. The Argentine cruised past Robin Haase 6-2, 6-4 in a late-evening match.
“I’m happy for him with his comeback, winning at Davis Cup,” Federer said. “I should have played him here last year but I was sick. That was a pity. It’s better to play him maybe this time around when we’re both better.”
Seeds on the first day they played went 12-4 with Stan Wawrinka, John Isner, David Goffin and Tomas Berdych all getting through.
Among the four who fell were Feliciano Lopez to Malek Jaziri, Paolo Lorenzi to Adrian Mannarino, former finalist David Ferrer going down to Diego Schwartzman and Borna Coric upset 6 seed Dominic Thiem 6-1, 7-5.
On tap Sunday, Rafael Nadal resumes his bid for a first Miami title against Philipp Kohlschreiber. The match is Nadal’s 1,000 of his career (821-178). Nadal has won 13 of 14 against the German veteran.
2016 finalist Kei Nishikori collides with Fernando Verdasco. Jack Sock and Milos Raonic are also in action on the first day of the third round.
MIAMI SUNDAY SCHEDULE
STADIUM start 11:00 am
ATP –  F. Verdasco (ESP) vs  K. Nishikori (JPN)
Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA –  A. Kerber (GER) vs S. Rogers (USA)
WTA –  V. Williams (USA) vs [Q] P. Tig (ROU)
ATP –  R. Nadal (ESP) vs  P. Kohlschreiber (GER)
Not Before 7:30 pm
WTA –  S. Halep (ROU) vs [Q] A. Kontaveit (EST)
Not Before 9:00 pm
ATP –  J. Sock (USA) vs J. Vesely (CZE)
GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
WTA –  J. Konta (GBR) vs P. Parmentier (FRA)
ATP – [Q] J. Donaldson (USA) vs  M. Raonic (CAN)
ATP – B. Paire (FRA) vs D. Young (USA)
WTA – L. Arruabarrena (ESP) vs  M. Keys (USA)
Not Before 5:00 pm
ATP –  B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) vs [WC] N. Kyrgios (AUS) / M. Reid (AUS)
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