Federer, Nadal Power Into Miami QFs, Zverev Upsets Wawrinka
by Staff | March 29th, 2017, 12:50 am

Are Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal headed for another final collision? It looks that way in Miami where the two Hall of Fame legends continued to play up to their credentials.

Today in fourth round action Federer held off an in-form Roberto Bautista Agut in two tiebreakers 7-6(5), 7-6(4) to notch his 16th win in 17 tries this season.

“I felt good overall. It was a different kind of match,” said Federer who was broken twice in the match. “It wasn’t the big-serving match where you’re only going to see so many looks, so when you miss chances you always feel a bit frustrated sometimes. That’s where you got to keep a positive mindset and make the right plays.

“I thought Roberto did a good job of making shots, staying offensive when he could, fending off a lot of good shots that I hit. Then it was tough. The sun was coming from the side in the beginning so it’s hard to chase the lines. At the end I’m very happy and pleased that I got it done in straight sets.”

Next for Federer is a Thursday date with Tomas Berdych. The Czech, who made the Miami finals in 2010, had no trouble dismantling Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 7-5.

Nadal also was tested by Nicolas Mahut but prevailed 6-4, 7-6(4). Rafa, who has finished runner-up in Miami four times, never lost his serve or faced a break point. And he returns tomorrow against Jack Sock, who blew out countryman Jared Donaldson 6-2, 6-1.

Nadal won both meetings over Sock in 2015 but the American managed to grab sets in both.

“He’s a very aggressive player, very powerful player, big serve, big forehand, and a good backhand, too,” Nadal said of Sock. ‘He plays quick with his backhand.So I need to play aggressive. That’s the only way. If I let him play in a comfortable position it’s going to be impossible for me. So I need to be focus with my serve, but at the same time I need to be aggressive.”

Sock’s appearing in his first Miami quarterfinal and it’s his fourth straight at the Masters level.

Also tomorrow, Kei Nishikori will battle Fabio Fognini. Nishikori outlasted Federico Delbonis 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. Nishikori, a finalist a year ago, has now won 15 of his last 17 matches in Miami. Fognini ousted Donald Young 6-0, 6-4 to reach his first Miami quarterfinal.

And in the big upset of the day, 19-year-old Alexander Zverev knocked off top seed Stan Wawrinka 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 to earn a berth in his first Miami quarterfinal.

“I had to be aggressive. I felt like he was the one controlling all the points all the time, so I had to change that. It worked out well for me. Happy to be in the quarter-finals now. Hopefully I can play as great as I did today,” Zverev said.

The win was Zverev’s second in as many tries against the Swiss.

“Both times I played him I played very high confidence and I played very well,” Zverev said. “I think we both have one of the best backhands on tour, both of us, so that maybe helps me a little bit. He likes to use that corner a lot on the opponent.”

Added Wawrinka, “One bad game to start the second set and then it was tough for me… I completely went down physically and mentally, and also my tennis was completely out. I had no more gas.”

Zverev now gets a rematch with Nick Kyrgios who beat David Goffin 7-6(5), 6-3 in a matchup of 2016 Miami semifinalists. Kyrgios beat Zverev earlier this month at Indian Wells.

STADIUM start 10:45 am
WTA – A. Klepac (SLO) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) vs [5] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI)
1:00 pm
WTA – [3] S. Halep (ROU) vs [10] J. Konta (GBR)
Not Before 3:00 pm
ATP – F. Fognini (ITA) vs [2] K. Nishikori (JPN)

7:00 pm
WTA – [1] A. Kerber (GER) vs [11] V. Williams (USA)
Not Before 9:00 pm
ATP – [5] R. Nadal (ESP) vs [13] J. Sock (USA)

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49 Comments for Federer, Nadal Power Into Miami QFs, Zverev Upsets Wawrinka

Giles Says:

Soooo Lubi coaching fed is alright then? Double standards rule the day.

Aced out Says:

YES it is beginning to look like a Roger v/s Rafa final again! Here is continuation of an interesting take on Roger, Rafa, Djokovic and Murray http://www.138mph.com/decoding-the-big-three-murray-part-ii/

nits Says:

Young guns have started roaring #Kyrgios#Zverev

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Would be great for tennis if Kyrgios and Zverev became permanent challengers to the current royalty. Time is certainly ripe, with Murray And Novak in the trunk.

If I read the rankings right: Federer has already passed Milos for #5. If Rafa wins, he will pass Milos for #6 (i.e. Milos drops to 7).

If Kei loses today, Fed will pass him for #4 even if he loses tomorrow. Rafa would need to win today and QF to move to 5.

If Fed loses this round, Rafa needs 2 wins to pass him. If Fed makes QF, Rafa just needs 1 more win than Fed.

Colin Says:

Tennis Vagabond, Describing Andy and Nole as “in the trunk” is inaccurate, as their situations differ. Nole’s form, and his loss of intensity, have been much discussed, and the injury may be only part of his troubles.

Andy, on the other hand, has come back strongly from physical problems more than once. He played very well after recovering from the back surgery, and (what year was I?) he missed half a season with a wrist injury but came back strongly.

As for Wawrinka, it must be galling to lose to lower ranked players, but I suspect his self belief has been eroded by all those years as second fiddle to a certain other Swiss,

the_mind_reels Says:

More often than not, Federer steps up against guys like Berdych, so I’m optimistic he can regain his better form and play well tomorrow. What will help Berdych is the slower court and the fact that, at least yesterday, Federer didn’t bring his A-game. Oh and the fact that Berdych has won their only meeting in Miami.

It’s been very much one-way traffic in their H2H since 2015, though.

Pumped for Zverev and Kyrgios!

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Colin, if it makes you happy, include ‘injured’ in your definition of ‘in the trunk.’

For a #1 player in the world to lose R16 at the Australian, and 2nd round at Indian Wells, miss Miami, whatever the reasons, its opening holes in the draws for other players to step into and gain that critical late tourney mojo.

Tennis Vagabond Says:

tmr, from Fed’s post-match comments yesterday, it sounded like he was a bit beaten up from DelPotro the day before. I think a day of rest will make a big difference against Berdych.

Daniel Says:

Yeah, also agaisnt Berdych this year in AO was the magic really began for Federer. That match his level was insane.


There is a big chance, all Big 4 will be top 4 seeds for RG.
With this Wawa loss he says at 5700 pts. Fed if winning Miami goes to 5300 just 400 pts short off Wawa. Nadal already is in 4335 pts and gain more and sure will win more points than Wawa till RG, even more than Fed. With Raonic on the side and Kei syill up and down, the Big plus Wawa will e the topd 5 seeds for RG. The big question who will be 3, 4 and 5 between Wawa, Fed and Nadal.

Also, I can be getting ahead of myself, but once Miami finishes I will calculate how many points ecah player has entering clay. With Djoko dropping 1000 from Maimi (goign to 7900 next week) and having to defend 3960 pts on clay and Federer almost nothing. There is a chance Fed could be #2 seed for Wimbledon.

With Wibledon rankings, Fed will gain last years semis and the year before 50% runner up while Djoko got almost nothing for last eyar and 50 for his win in 2015. Fed´s total grass points will be a bit higher to Djoko, so if he can move to #3 and close to Djoko he may pass him for 2 seed. Not that it matters much, as 1 and 2 will be draw to 3 and 4 any way, so for him the ideal is keep the #4 rank up for Wimbledon. If he wins Miami he is almost assure to be top 4 seed for wimbledon, even if underperfoming on clay when his grass points add up. Nadal will also has almost zero grass points from 2015 and 2016 to be added so even if he is ahead of Federer in rankings Fed can pass him.

My take is after RG, Murray will be around 10.000 ranking pts and 5 players will be with chances on #1 rankings (Murray, Djoko, Wawa, Fed and Nadal), all mixed up from 6.500 to 10.000 ranking points range before Wimbledon, with half the season gone.

Nits Says:

@Daniel Way ahead but still worthy thoughts 💭 💭

J.S. Says:

Yikes Nishikori is in serious trouble vs Fognini – Can he come back from 4-6 in 1st set and 0-3 currently in 2nd? WOW!!!

FedExpress Says:

Fognini is about to reach a masters semi.

two walkovers for nadal to reach the final

skeezer Says:

Ya know Fog has beaten Nadal right?

FedExpress Says:

js, kei is carrying some kind of injury

Humble Rafa Says:

Biased tennis media won’t report this. Humble is playing very well. You will find out when the real tennis season begins in a few weeks.

skeezer Says:

Looks like a shoulder/wrist/arm thingy.

J.S. Says:

Last match it was Nishikori’s leg, now his wrist/shoulder/arm?? Interesting!!! Someone on twitter said ESPN showed him at practice w/ the latter injury!

Why RAFA have walkovers? You don’t think Fognini/Sock will give him a battle?

FedExpress Says:

not really js, this court is a paradise for pushers. so slow and attacking players cant hit through theirs shots easily. most of them would be winners on any other court but here.

keis career is going downhill i am afraid.

Daniel Says:

One of best results for Federer long term is this Kei loss to Fognini. Now Kei drops to #6 and loses 420 pts as he defended finals from last year.
At this moment Fed and Nadal at #4 and #5. The sooner Nadal loses the better for Federer also, for RG rankings and future. Or if they face in finals they will fight for #4 ranking enterromg clay, which will be great.

Daniel Says:

Fognini also beat Nadal on clay and he is on fire last 2 matches so he definetly has a shot.

J.S. Says:

DANIEL….I love you keep us posted on rankings but we will see what happens, LOL – you know who I am rooting for but glad to hear about the possibility of #4 and #5.

FEDEXPRESS – Sock/Fognini both playing very well right now. Rafa has to step it up and if he does, he is deserving. I agree Federer has a more difficult bracket but he is on fire!

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Considering how Rafa struggled with Mahout, who is best known for playing a long match once, Sock and Fognini are not walkovers. if Rafa’s in form, he’ll take Sock easily. But even if he’s in form, a hot FOgnini can give him a good challenge. Didn’t he beat Rafa twice in a row?

fred stone Says:

The ATP home page is unprofessionally slow and riddled with errors. I’ve been tracking ace leaders and the ATP ace-stats-page hasn’t been updated in quite some time (still showing Rafa has played only 975 matches; it’s 1000 or more now, no?):


Anyhoot, ol’ Fed is near on 10,000 career aces; one other aspect of his game, then and now, that has defined his notable history in tennis record books.

Humble Rafa Says:

Moya man still can’t operate the knee machine. Not sure how he is going to keep up when my lovely and intelligent Uncle Toni retires.

J.S. Says:

Wake Up Tennis Fans – it’s 3:30 am! CRAZY Scheduling!

Markus Says:

I’m not too concerned about Federer’s ranking when he enters a tournament. He was ranked quite low at the Australian and was in that “death quarter” in Indian Wells and look what happened.

J.S. Says:

Rafael Nadal takes first set – 6-2 WOOOHOOO!!!

lakie Says:

JS I am not able to watch the match. How are Sock and Nadal playing? What’s working, what is not working?

Daniel Says:

Feel like this Nadal service game Sock lost will cost hi this set. Had he break, as he should with many chances he would be 3-0 up and serve. Now is just 2-1, one break up. Nadal can chase that back. The momentum was all his and he made a bizarre volley in one of those BP’s.

Daniel Says:


First set Nadal was great, his serve working more, Sock unable to return with interest and Sock kind of unease, not comfortable. Second set Sock got his act together and his aggressive game is paying off. Made some crucial mistakes other wise would be 3-0 and serve now.

Markus Says:

That game there where Sock had all those “easy” oppotunities to get a double break clearly shows what happens when a not so great player plays against a great player. Composure. Sock does not have it yet.

Daniel Says:

Hate being right. Broken almost to love had it not for an ace. Missed 4 BP’s and it cost him.

Out of 6 games Sock served, was broken 3 times, can’t be competitive like that.

lakie Says:

So is Sock playing great in second set or Nadal ‘s serve is not working?

Daniel Says:

Difference one point made, had Sock broke could be easily 4-1 to him now, instead, missed chances was broken and now 3-2 Nadal. That’s why I love this game, 1 point changes everything and you will never know when “this point ” will happen.

lakie Says:

Nadal’s broken back. Daniel you are right. Not breaking Nadal in that crucial 3rd game might have sealed Sock’s fate.

Daniel Says:

lackie, Sock played great until 2-0 and 2 BP’s up. Than he missed a bizarre volley to be double break up and other silly shots and “unreveal”. Let’s see if he holds now, 30-30, pressure on him.

Daniel Says:

Jeez, several game point this game, silly drop, and now DF to be broken again. He will lose this set and match, 6-2 after “that” game.

Markus Says:

This match will give Sock PTSD.

Daniel Says:

Nadal x Fognini could be a cracker if Foggy comes to play or at least maintain level of his last 2 matches.

Markus Says:

Since those break points in the third game, Sock seems to have stopped thinking and now just hits, hits hits that ball as hard as he can without any plan at all.

Daniel Says:

Nadal currently #4 10 pts ahead of Federer. If Fed loses, Nadal will enter clay season as #4 regardless.

we are 3 matches away from another Fedal final: Nadal needs one victory over Fognini and Fed 2 (against Berdy and winner of new gen battle: Kyrgios vs Zverev).

If Nadal reaches final what a bizarre arithmetic progression it will be: 2005; 2008; 2001; 2014 and 2017???

Markus Says:

Happy to see Nadal win but he he did not really have to do anything impressive. There was no need for it because Sock was just horrible.

FedExpress Says:

was a walkover win for rafa in the end

HJF Says:

Fedexpress FFs playing really well ATM, so i dont think Rafa will have an easy match by any stretch of the imagination, and the guy has beaten Rafa before ….

Colin Says:

Daniel, regarding the seedings for Wimbledon, don’t forget they don’t go simply on the points accumulated, they adjust according to a player’s form on grass. Roger has almost always done well on the surface, so he might very well be seeded 2.

Anyone carrying a lower limb injury can find trouble at Wimbledon. The tournament is usually lucky with weather, but even a light shower makes grass dangerous

Daniel Says:

Yes Colin,

That´s my calculations. Ferere already have more points than Djoko on grass (100% last 52 weeks and 50% year before).

If he goes well on Stutgart and Halle ha can gain more points so if he is #3 something like 500 pts behind Djoko he can be seeded #2 at Wimbledon.

Assuming Fed wins Miami, he will alreayd have more points than Djoko when deducing clay points from last year. He will have to keep track with him. Hard to not see Djoko gain more points on clay this year, but I doubt anyone will dominate. To me will be similar as last year with 3 dufferent Masters winners and who knows about RG, only 5 gauys can actually win it: Nada, Djoko, Murray, Wawa and Fed lower chances than the other 4. Ca´t see anyone other than these 5 winning it this year.

jatin Says:

Lets see how fed plays today… Excited

FedExpress Says:

Break federer

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