Djokovic, Federer v Medvedev Today At Miami; Ferrer Out

by Staff | March 26th, 2019, 9:06 am

After days of upsets, things went more according to form in the men’s draw at the Miami Open on Monday, with just one minor upset.

Three-time champion Roger Federer had his way with Serb Filip Krajinovic in a 7-5, 6-3 victory.

“I thought I served very well, because Filip can return very well, especially on second serve,” Federer said. “I know I could feel the pressure maybe, to some extent, if I don’t make the first serves. But I still kept going after them, and I was able to hit my spots and keep the pressure on and shorten points as the match went on.”

Federer will now face Russian giant Daniil Medvedev who won all seven points in the final set breaker against American big man Reilly Opelka 7-6(5), 6-7(5), 7-6(0). The match featured zero breaks of serve and 41 aces.

“I’m looking forward to the game,” Federer said of Medvedev. “I’m very impressed about his progress. I must say the last year has been unbelievable for him… Very impressive.”

Federer has won both meetings over Medvedev but the 23-year-old has four titles since the start of last year.

After two semi-surprise wins over Sam Querrey and Alexander Zverev, David Ferrer couldn’t keep his Miami farewell going against Frances Tiafoe, but he fought hard is a tough 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 loss to the American.

Ferrer, who made the Miami finals in 2013, will play two more events in Barcelona and Madrid before officially calling it a career.

Next for Tiafoe is former Miami semifinalist David Goffin who was a 6-4, 6-4 victor over Marco Cecchinato.

Also setting up an intriguing fourth round clash today were youngsters Stefanos Tsitsipas and Denis Shapovalov.

Tsitsipas eased past Leonardo Mayer 6-4, 6-4 while Shapovalov ousted Andrey Rublev 6-4, 7-6(5). The two split two meetings last year.

In the lone upset, Grigor Dimitrov fell to Jordan Thompson 6-4, 6-4. Dimitrov was returning from a shoulder injury. Thompson now takes on Kevin Anderson today. Anderson, who is coming back from an elbow issue, beat Joao Sousa 6-4, 7-6.

On Tuesday, all remaining men will be in action as the fourth round is scheduled for one day. Six-time champion Novak Djokovic returns against Roberto Bautista Agut and Borna Coric battles Nick Kyrgios.

Stadium 12:00 Noon
4th Rd 19 Kyle Edmund v 7 John Isner
Not Before 2:00 Pm
QF 27 SuWei Hsieh v 21 Anett Kontaveit
Followed By
4th Rd 1 Novak Djokovic v 22 Roberto Bautista Agut

Not Before 7:30 Pm
QF 3 Petra Kvitova v 12 Ashleigh Barty
Not Before 9:00 Pm
4th Rd 13 Daniil Medvedev v 4 Roger Federer

Grandstand 12:00 Noon
4th Rd (Q) Felix AugerAliassime v 17 Nikoloz Basilashvili
Followed By
4th Rd 11 Borna Coric v 27 Nick Kyrgios
Not Before 3:00 Pm
4th Rd 6 Kevin Anderson v Jordan Thompson
Followed By
4th Rd 18 David Goffin v 28 Frances Tiafoe
Not Before 7:00 Pm
4th Rd 8 Stefanos Tsitsipas v 20 Denis Shapovalov

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11 Comments for Djokovic, Federer v Medvedev Today At Miami; Ferrer Out

fred stone Says:

So now Kyrgios breaks a racket, a game or so after Coric breaks his racket.
That’s got to be first, for this obserever at least.

fred stone Says:

That’s got to be first, for this obserever at least

My mind’s wandering…

Two broken rackets, one for each player, is the first I’ve ever seen.

skeezer Says:

Thought Coric played real well, and Kyrgios wasn’t playing badly, till the give up stage and let outside influences get inside his head. He just did want to grind out the point as needed as the match lingered on. Whereas Coric just played so much more steadier. Still, when you mute K’s antics, he is outstanding to watch, like the tweener groundstroke he hits, then follows it up right after as Coric dopshotted from that, runs up with a delicate slice almost parallel to with the net for an outright winner. Delish.

skeezer Says:

uhh…something is happening on Grandstand. Shady..

skeezer Says:

Uh…Stadium. Grandstand Goffin is up a break on the American Tiafoe.

FedExpress Says:

Nole loses again vs Agut.

Path free for Fed now.

KImberly Says:

HI all just returned. Missed the third set and end of the second set of Djokovic. Must have been a different player than I saw. THe player I watch was absolute perfection on the footwork and pinpoint accuracy on the ground although the serve not amazing, perfections on the timing, depth and placement of the groundstrokes with adequate power. Bautista looked helpless. Not sure how on earth he clawed his way into the match but it should leave hope for all of us.

I was at the Kyrgios match and Skeezer I must say I disagree with you. I find this guy offensive. Nadal put it exactly right. He lacks respect for his opponent, the game and himself. He feigns to not be trying, yet he clearly is trying hitting the first serve 130 plus each time. When you see players like Bautista, Coric, Djokovic< Kevin ANderson, guys that commit to win with quality tennis not cheap shots and slapstick antics., guys that commit to try their best in most if not all of their matches, no tanking, great fitnesss etc. For me Kyrgios exiting the tournament is a good thing because at least I know the next round will have an opponent who is trying even if he is not as talented.

I am not a Djokovic fan but I am somewhat sad he exited as I was hoping for a great final and we have already lost so many top players. Hopefully Federer stays in or I may be sitting an open house the day of the final!

fred stone Says:

Show’s over for today, folks.
As per official website:

SCHEDULE UPDATE: Tuesday evening’s Session 16 match between Roger Federer and Daniil Medvedev at the Miami Open has been postponed due to inclement weather. The match has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 27, Session 17 not before 3pm.

Giles Says:

Well done Agut. You’re da man! 👍👍👍👍👍👍

Van Persie Says:

haha Giles, so, Rafa not man enough anymore? 😁

Giles Says:

VP. Haha. Rafa and Miami don’t mix.

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