Miami Open: Roger Federer reaches quarters, Simona Halep eyes No. 1 ranking

Swiss tennis master, Roger Federer hardly made a mistake on Thursday night against Kevin Anderson in the Miami Open 2019 as presented by Itau.

Federer booked a spot in the semi-final with a ruthless 6-0, 6-4 destruction of Kevin Anderson at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.

On the women's side, Romania's Simona Halep moved closer to reclaiming the world number one ranking by reaching the semi-finals, defeating China's Wang Qiang 6-4, 7-5.

John Isner denied Felix Auger-Aliassime a maiden Masters 1000 final as he defeated the Canadian qualifier in two tight sets on tiebreaks to reach the Miami Open showpiece.

That triumph was Anderson's only win over Federer in six attempts - and the only time he's won a set.

Federer will have little time to rest his 37-year-old legs before his clash against 19-year-old Denis Shapovalov, the highly regarded Canadian talent tipped for future Grand Slam success.

"I have been here for 12 hours today and I'm really happy with the way I was able to come out after the rain delays and kind of get on the front foot pretty early", said Barty, who has three career titles. "I think it's very exciting because of that. So I have to figure out a way to get better on that and try to handle him better next time". "But I think I'm seeing the long term, and right now I'm just enjoying every day, enjoying every match, because you never know what's going to happen next". "They are not just young, but they are very good, as well".

For maybe the first time all tournament, Felix Auger-Aliassime didn't know what to do or what to say.

Anderson took nine games to get on the board but eventually found his groove and broke back with a series of return winners to level at 3-3 in the second set. She returned three years ago.

A men's doubles match between twins Bob and Mike Bryan and Marcelo Melo/Lukasz Kubot was knotted at 2-2 on the Grandstand when rain halted play, but that match, and another scheduled doubles match were postponed until Friday to ensure the singles matches were completed. He also added, "back, he might have been 16, 17".

In the second set when leading 5-3 and with serve, Auger-Aliassime fought off one break point before missing a swinging volley, giving Isner the key break.

"Night, it's ideal for me", Pliskova said.

"Holding at the end of the first set was very important but in the second I played well and really went for my shots", added Federer who won 81% of points on his first serve and finished the match on 85%.

  • Steve Townsend