Published: Sun, April 02, 2017
Sport | By Noel Norman

Federer blows past del Potro to reach Miami fourth round

Federer blows past del Potro to reach Miami fourth round

Federer is one very special tennis player. If he can use it well when going crosscourt, (to the del Potro backhand) this match should be handled by Federer. Federer is undefeated against del Potro in Masters 1000 events winning all 5 matches, but the Argentinian beat Federer in the final of Federer's hometown tournament Basel twice to win two titles, and aside from Basel also beat Federer most recently in the 2012 ATP World Tour Finals, a match I attended.

There seems to be an air of confidence in Federer's play this year.

Said del Potro: "At the moment, [Federer's] backhand is better still than before because his legs are moving faster than years ago". Certainly in the early meetings, with the towering del Potro still a teenager, Federer was the dominant partner, but as the Argentine grew, in confidence and power, towards 20, it became clear that here was a man who could undermine the Swiss man's game.

"It was an honor playing you", Tiafoe said.

"I was like, 'Wait, that doesn't happen very often, especially against her, '" Wozniacki said when she looked at the stat sheet.

An 18th grand slam crown in a five-set thriller over long-time rival Rafa Nadal at the Australian Open in January has been the highlight of the still young season, but the past two weeks in the United States have been second to none.

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Federer plays Bautista Agut late Tuesday afternoon. His only loss this year since his comeback was a fluky 3-6, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (5) loss to No. 116-ranked Evgeny Donskoy in Dubai, despite holding two match points and leading 5-2 in the final-set tiebreaker.

Another break for a 3-2 lead in the second set, not long after del Potro got his oft-problematic left wrist taped on a changeover, put Federer in control. I have a really good record against Roberto, and I hope I can use my variation to make him feel uncomfortable.

Tiafoe, a Maryland native ranked 101st, did nearly nothing wrong in the first set.

The 2009 US Open champion cracked timely serves denying a pair of break points to hold in the sixth game.

This mark's Wozniacki's third final appearance this year.

Top seed Wawrinka defeated Argentina's Horacio Zeballos in 65 minutes, firing seven aces in a 6-3, 6-4 victory in less than favourable morning conditions. That's why if I were to get there again I have to really win a lot of big tournaments, and I know how hard that is.

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