Federer, Wawrinka advance in Miami

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 27 Mar 2017 09:17:43


MIAMI,

Mar 26,

(AFP),

ROGER Federer survived a brave challenge from American qualifier Frances Tiafoe before emerging with a 7-6 (7/2), 6-3 victory as he got his Miami Open title bid under way.
Tiafoe, ranked 101st in the world, struggled against Federer's serve but was strong on his own and forced a first set tie-break in which the Swiss came out on top on Saturday.


The 19-year-old son of immigrants from Sierra Leone then broke Federer’s serve in the first game of the second set only for the 18-times Grand Slam winner to break back twice and run out a comfortable winner in the end.


Federer is in fine form having clinched the Australian Open and Indian Wells so far this year and extended his record to 14-1. The 35-year-old is looking for his third Miami title following wins in 2005 and 2006. Reigning US Open champion Stan Wawrinka got off to a solid start, beating Argentina’s Horacio Zeballos 6-3, 6-4 at Crandon Park on Saturday.


The top two ranked players in the world, Wawrinka is the number one seed and is fired up after reaching the final at Indian Wells last week, where he was beaten by Federer.