Federer Defeats Tiafoe in First Meeting at Miami Open – Roger Federer made a successful return to the Miami Open on Saturday, as the Swiss maestro defeated 19-year-old American Frances Tiafoe in straight sets. It was the first meeting between the two players, as Tiafoe has been given quite the praise of becoming the next great American star in tennis. Federer had not played at the Miami Open since 2014, as the tournament was not part of his schedule in 2015, and although not on his schedule in 2016, he made a late entry, only to withdraw due to a stomach virus.
In front of a sold out crowd at Crandon Park, Tiafoe was impressive for most of the match, staying one step ahead as he maintained serve throughout the first set. Federer was also strong in his service games, not losing a point on his serve after losing the first point of his opening service game. In the tiebreak, the 2005 and 2006 Miami Open champion eased past Tiafoe for a one set lead.
The young American broke quickly in the second set, only to be broken back, and later after missing an easy volley, saw his chances of extending the match, disappear. Federer raced out to a 5-2 lead and soon after served out the match, 7-6 (2) 6-3, in 1 hour 12 minutes.
Federer hit eight aces and had no double faults for the match, winning 84% of points on his first serve and 75% of points on his second serve. He converted two of six break point opportunities. The 35-year-old Swiss will face a challenge in his next match, as he will face Juan Martin Del Potro in the third round, in Monday’s day session at the Miami Open.