Fabulous Federer outclasses Shapovalov en route to Miami final

Elena Summers
April 1, 2019

"Playing a big server like John is like being in a penalty shootout in soccer, but I enjoy it", said number four seed Federer who coped brilliantly with Kevin Anderson's risky serve in the quarter-finals, winning the first set to love.

Experience showed as Federer won 61 per cent of the points in a one-sided first set, dropping just four points on his own serve, as he wrapped up the opener in 36 minutes.

Seeking a fourth Miami title, former world number one Federer was in stunning form as he outclassed the Canadian teenager 6-2 6-4. A year ago Shapovalov lost his opening match in Monte Carlo to Tsitsipas while Auger-Aliassime was beaten in the first round by Mischa Zverev.

Somewhat fittingly, the last two players to have won the Miami title in Key Biscayne, John Isner and Roger Federer, will do the honors of facing each other for the first title in the event's new home at the Hard Rock, which from the reviews and comments, was a well received.

Isner began to get his serve going in the second set, holding his first four serves.

"This is a good phase, a good stretch for me right now", Federer said. I saved match point the last time I played against him at the Laver Cup, that was tough.

Looking to watch (and bet) on the Roger Federer v John Isner live streaming online? "I could be very happy on either end - return and serve - and that's why I'm so happy I was so able to produce and perform in a final".

Shapovalov's ranking will move to No. 20, making him only the second Canadian in the 45-year history of the ATP's computer rankings - after Milos Raonic in 2012 - to enter the top-20. "I'll be the goalie on Sunday and try to get as many balls back as possible".

"I think players that have been doing really well over the years, players that are generally much respected in the tennis world have privileges when it comes to certain rules and umpire decisions", the world No. 10 wrote.

After reaching the third Masters 1000 semifinal of his burgeoning career, Shapovalov draws the legendary Roger Federer on Friday.

It certainly seems that way for 37-year-old Roger Federer. He hit just eight winners in response to Federer's 30 but will learn from this. Denis Shapovalov, 19, and 18-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime saw their exuberant runs in the tournament halted by their older counterparts but not before showcasing their talent that bodes well for the future.

"Maybe he was a little bit worn out because he came through qualifying".

As usual, Isner's serve was his big weapon. I'm so glad I came here, ' said Federer, who was not originally certain to play as he treats his body with increasing caution.

"It's like a penalty shootout in soccer, it's just in tennis".

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