Federer tops Tiafoe to advance to Miami Open third round

Redacción Agencias | 3/27/2017, 7:25 a.m.
Federer tops Tiafoe to advance to Miami Open third round
Roger Federer avanza en Miami | Foto Cortesía

Swiss tennis great Roger Federer encountered more resistance than expected from American teenager Frances Tiafoe in second-round action Saturday afternoon at the Miami Open, but he took full control toward the end to win 7-6 (7-2), 6-3.

Tiafoe showed impressive power on his serve and ground strokes to stay even with the 18-time Grand Slam champion until the tiebreaker, but Federer drew on his experience at that juncture to take the first set.

It then appeared the match might remain close when the Swiss played a sloppy service game to drop the opening game of the second set.

But after not facing a single break point in the opening set, the 19-year-old American was broken twice in the second set as the match slipped away from him.

With the victory, the fourth-seeded Federer ran his current winning streak to seven matches and will next take on either big-hitting Argentine Juan Martin del Potro or the Netherlands' Robin Haase in the third round.

In other second-round men's singles action Saturday, top-seeded Swiss Stan Wawrinka defeated Argentine Horacio Zeballos 6-3, 6-4 and promising German teenager Alexander Zverev, the No. 16 seed, routed Taiwan's Lu Yen-hsun 6-0, 6-3.