Kyrgios lauds `incredible` Federer ahead of Miami clash

Federer had to work hard for his victory against 14th seed Roberto Bautista Agut, emerging with a 7-6 (7/5) 7-6 (7/4) win setting up a last eight meeting with Czech Tomas Berdych, the 10th seed, a 6-3, 7-5 victor over France's Adrian Mannarino.

Just as in his lone loss of the year in Dubai to Evgeny Donskoy, Federer was unable to shut the door with a 5-2 lead in the third and an eventual match point en route to a deciding tiebreaker. "They stay with you so I´m happy today to have come through somehow", Federer said courtside.

"I definitely got very lucky at the end. Tomas really stepped it up and it was a great match at the end but one guy had to win".

Roger Federer of Switzerland hits a volley against Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic in a men's singles quarter-final during the 2017 Miami Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center.

It was a fierce battle for the decisive points, Kuznetsova going 4-1 up, but after two lengthy rallies, Williams emerged victorious. Berdych has not dropped a set so far in Miami and already has two wins over players ranked in the top ten this year.

Reflecting on his upcoming last-four clash against Federer, Kyrgios said that the former has been playing incredibly well, however, adding that he is not focusing on the same and only looking forward to "play big". "You all should tune in if you're not in the stadium". Meanwhile, Berdych edged past Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in straight sets to earn his place in the quarter-final.

Berdych was broken in the opening game of the match and then Federer dealt with a break point in the second game.

Federer moved a game away from victory when he consolidated the break courtesy of a complete mishit from Berdych.

He then closed out the set by holding serve in the eighth game.

The fifth seed was shockingly broken at love attempting to serve out the match at 5-3 and couldn't convert on a match point at 5-4 after Berdych erased it with a gutsy 120mph second serve down the T to Federer's forehand. Even though I was down a break, 2-1 (in the third set), I was focusing well.

That one forehand miss, forced by a hard return, ended up being the last groundstroke Berdych got to hit in the match. "I'm excited about play that semifinals match against a player who's playing very, very well during the whole week".

"Sick atmosphere", Federer told the crowd afterward.

  • Julie Sanders