Federer Hangs On To Beat Anderson In Miami, Will Meet Shapovalov; Auger-Aliassime v Isner
by Staff | March 29th, 2019, 12:51 am

Roger Federer was scary good early on against Kevin Anderson in the Miami quarterfinal tonight, rolling out to a 8-0 lead and took it 6-0, 6-4.

After getting overmatched in the first set, Anderson came back in the second to level and played Federer tough down the stretch, but the South Floridian couldn’t conjure that same comeback he authored at Wimbledon last year.

Federer improved to 6-1 against Anderson and he’s now 15-2 on the season, and into his second straight Masters semifinal this month.

Federer will now face the swashbuckling Denis Shapovalov. The 19-year-old reached his first Miami Masters semifinal, third overall at the Masters, after coming from a set down to beat American Frances Tiafoe 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-2.

Shapovalov had chances in the first set and then in the breaker but couldn’t convert. But he was able to early in the second and again in the third against his friend Frances.

“It’s tough in the sense that I wish the best for him, and I love seeing him go deep in tournaments and doing as good as possible,” Shapovalov said of Tiafoe. “But when you’re on the other side, like, for example today when you win, obviously you feel great. But part of me does also feel kind of bad, just in the sense that he couldn’t go on in the tournament.

“I know he deserves it as much as I do. He works so hard. He’s such a great person. But in that sense, it’s definitely tough. But I think once we get on the court, once we start playing, it’s just tennis. We just play our sport. We both try to win.”

The win also moves Shapovalov into Top 20 for a first time. And with he and 18-year-old countryman Felix Auger-Aliassime, it’s the first time two teens are in a Masters semifinal since 2007 Miami when Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray made it.

Federer and Shapovalov have never met, and both are keen on the battle.

“It’s definitely a matchup I have been looking forward to, I think, my whole life,” Shapovalov said. “It’s going to be a dream come true to play him in such a big event over here, and the stakes are so high, semi-final match of a Masters 1000 against your idol. It’s just a dream come true.”

Federer rarely faces teens, but he says he likes the challenge.

“It doesn’t feel that different to when I played Rafa when he was super young, or anybody. Any teenager you play, once I think you’re 23, feels different to playing anybody else, because they come out there, and they might not know all the plays down to the T yet, but they don’t have to, because they just free-swing sometimes, and that makes it particularly dangerous,” Federer said.

“I have always enjoyed playing against teenagers. I think it’s very exciting because of that. It’s an exciting draw, for John and for myself here, playing these young guys. They are not just young, but they are very good, as well. They are nice guys. It should be hopefully good semi-finals.”

The 18-year age difference between the two is the widest ever in a Masters semifinal.

While Federer and Shapovalov will meet in the evening at 7pm, another old-young clash takes place in the afternoon at 1pm with defending champion John Isner facing Auger-Aliassime, which is also a first-time meeting.

“Obviously I think maybe I’ll have to maybe adjust my return position,” FAA said of facing Isner. “Maybe see the stats where he’s serving best, look at the match how he played today in these tiebreaks, to see where he likes serving on important points.

“From there, you know, just focus on myself, what I have to do first, and then figure out a way to break him.”

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19 Comments for Federer Hangs On To Beat Anderson In Miami, Will Meet Shapovalov; Auger-Aliassime v Isner

Tennis Vagabond Says:

No mention of this historic moment in Canadian tennis? Two of our teens in a Masters semifinals (combine that with Federer, and I’m a very happy fan).

This is the historic apex of Canadian tennis. With Andreescu on the women’s side, and Milos having a strong season, it certainly looks like its going to be a great year.

We will soon have three Canadian men seeded at a Slam. Outrageous! Canadian men’s tennis could actually be ahead of the American side for the first time ever.

Eric Says:

Very interesting comments from Auger-Aliassime at the end here… clearly, he hasn’t yet learned that you’re not supposed to say anything of actual substance about how you prepare for a match!

skeezer Says:

Hard to believe watching this match this is the guy who took Fed down at Wimby. At times Fed was toying with him, making him look like a member of the Keystone Cops running around. Amazing stuff from the 37 year old.
66th ATP semi final.

Daniel Says:

The win also puts Federer ahead of Thiem in ranking back at #4 next Monday. If he goes deeper in the tournament and possibly winning he virtually guarantees a top 4 seed come Madrid, avoiding Djoko or Nadal before semis there. Also, will be #1 in the race with title. He already will enter clay as #2 in race, not bad for a 37 and a half.

Should he reach finals it will be a record 50th ATP Masters final. He is currently tied with Nadal with 49 Masters final each.

jatin Says:

Lets see how Fed plays Shapovalov. Since 2017, He has played perfect against lefties including Rafa.

Tennis Fan Says:

At this rate, US should pay some players from Canada to move to the US.

FedExpress Says:

FAA has only himself to blame. Isner only winning in TBs. Though he broke back when FAA served for the set in both sets.

skeezer Says:

Experience vs inexperience showed up here at this match. It ultimately made the difference.

Daniel Says:

Federer in all swing mode, playing freely. Liking a lot what he is displaying in Miami, not afraid of playing long pants, holding the ball and only attacking the net when needed. Different from IW wher he was a bit nervy and eager to finish points quickly.
This should bode well for Madrid, its clay but a faster one, kind of one step above this courts in Miami.

Finals against Isner tomorrow will be won by slim margins, unless Fed clicks some return. Isner is imperious in tiebreaks this toruney, so hope Fed is able to get a break per set.

FedExpress Says:

Another final loss wouldnt bode well for Feds confidence.

jatin Says:

How lucky are we to witness Fed’s magic time in every match this Miami (after the first one).
He is in another LEAGUE right now. Toying with his opponents.

FedExpress Says:

Another Masters final. Hopefully different outcome than the last 3.


jatin Says:

He is in 3 straight finals after Aus open. His game holds so well still against these youngsters.
Meanwhile, Isner has won each of his match in Tiebreakers ( barring one 7-5 set). He is rock solid this year in Miami as last year. But, given the way Fed is returning. I assume he would block back atleast one service game per set in the finals.

Hope to see him win. Its been already a Dream tournament for him.

skeezer Says:

You’re right jatin, Fed in 3 finals since AO. He’s been flying. Whilst Novak has been a self professed head case and Rafa still having injury hangovers. The 37 and a half year old still proving he has the chops to compete,at the highest level. all the best in the final Fed, keep flying!

Willow Says:

Daniel playing long pants lol :-)

Madmax Says:

Lovely posts from you Jatin. I feel the energy from you, for certain. Yes of course, we must always remain positive with Federer; reaching many finals this year is incredibly positive. Now he needs to focus against Big John, those serves are hard to handle at times. but let’s hope for the best Jatin.

Skeezer, he certainly is flying. He is on an incredible roll right now, there was a lot of talk about him not performing so well due to the slower version of the courts, but it does not seem to have affected him so far.

Good luck Fed! We are with you!

Giles Says:

Fed always looks great against lesser opposition!

skeezer Says:

Hey Giles,

Do you know Dustin Brown, or Lukas Rosol, or Steve Darcis? They looked great against Rafa. Your Love has a hard time with “lessor” opponents!
Also, Fed gave a smackdown to KA, who he lost to @Wimbledon, of which, Rafa beat in the FINALS of a Slam, USO. Lessor opponent?

jatin Says:

I just feel like many of his fans are extremely harsh about his performance, form etc even though what he is doing in this age is something which has never been done before (and possibly never will). And the sheer love and passion he has for the game even in this age is astonishing.
And you know, If he wins the final then he will be No. 1 in the race to London. How amazing is that.

Just look at the passion.

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