Zverev defeats Wawrinka, moves into Miami quarters
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 05, 2017,
Apr 05, 2017, 11:32
The top-seeded Wawrinka celebrated his 32nd birthday, and Tuesday marked the 13th anniversary of the first Nadal-Federer match.
"I feel like I earned it more", said Federer, the 2005 and 2006 champion on Key Biscayne.
Berdych led 6-4 in the tie-breaker but Federer's class shone through as he won the next four points, including a blistering ace and a double-fault from the Czech to claim the day.
It was a matchup of offense against defense, with Williams the more aggressive player, charging the net often. "I knew if I fight through I will have some chance, so I just tried to concentrate one game at a time".
"I definitely got very lucky at the end, but I think I showed great heart today", Federer said.
Big-serving Kyrgios looked ominous as he warmed up for the match by not dropping serve in a 7-6 (5) 6-3 victory over Belgian eighth seed David Goffin.
Next up for Federer is Tomas Berdych, the Czech 10th seed and 2010 runner-up having beaten Adrian Mannarino 6-3 7-5.
Also, former world No 1 Caroline Wozniacki progressed to the semi-finals of the Miami Open with a straight sets win over Lucie Safarova.
Roger Federer, staring defeat in the face, was flawless under pressure, saving two match points before beating Tomas Berdych 6-2 3-6 7-6 (6) to reach the semi-finals of the Miami Open on Thursday.
The world number three acknowledged losing his serve early in the second set proved costly as he struggled to find the energy to deny Zverev his last-eight berth. If I let him play in a comfortable position going to be impossible for me.
The victor will play Federer, who has now won 17 of his 18 matches this year, in the last four.
Following Nadal here on Stadium was reigning Australian Open and Indian Wells champion Roger Federer facing veteran Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut.
All the top seeds had competitive matches on Tuesday, with Japanese second seed Kei Nishikori taken to three sets before ousting Federico Delbonis of Argentina 6-3 4-6 6-3.
The Swiss turned 32 as the teenage German outlasted him, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1.
In their last meeting at the 2017 Australian Open fourth round, Berdych was blown away 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 by Federer, who went on to beat Rafael Nadal in the final and clinch yet another Grand Slam title, shortly after coming back from knee injury.