Federer rallies to win Miami opener

25 Mars, 2019, 10:32 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Roger Federer,Radu Albot,Miami Open

Federer missed a break point opportunity at 4-3, Albot then crashing home a victor to heap the pressure back onto the 37-year-old before brilliantly sealing the first set.

"It's a special day because it's the a year ago of professional tennis for me".

Roger Federer of Switzerland waves to the crowd during a ribbon cutting ceremony on new stadium court at Hard Rock Stadium prior to play in the first round of the Miami Open at Miami Open Tennis Complex.

He received a wild card into the Miami draw and advanced to a third-round meeting with American Frances Tiafoe, a 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (7/5) victor over Miomir Kecmanovic.

Roger Federer briefly seemed headed for the exit but instead advanced to the third round by rallying past qualifier Radu Albot 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.

Federer, beaten by Dominic Thiem in last week's BNP Paribas Open final, smashed 14 aces and broke Albot twice to advance to the third round but it was far from plain sailing for the 37-year-old against the world number 46.

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But Federer used his experience to evade a second-set tie-breaker and carried the momentum in the decider to clinch the decisive break and wrap up the victory after two hours and 10 minutes.

"I definitely think Radu played a great match, it was really tough and I struggled early on", admitted Federer, a three time Miami Open champion.

He goes on to face Serbia's Filip Krajinovic, who came through his own three-set match to dismiss Stan Wawrinka 5-7 6-2 7-6 (5).

After more than two months on the sidelines, the world No. 7 smashed 17 aces en route to the second-round win over the 21-year-old and he later claimed he was "happy with how the elbow responded". I'm happy I got it out of the way.

Evans led 20th seed Shapovalov by a set before going down 4-6 6-1 6-3.

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