Miami Open: Federer advances, Halep downs in-form Venus

Roger Federer continued his quest for a fourth Miami Open crown after reaching the last 16, but Grigor Dimitrov crashed out.

The Russian, who is at a career high ranking of 15, saw off American Reilly Opelka 7-6 (7/5) 6-7 (5/7) 7-6 (7/0), and has won four ATP hard-court titles, including three since last August. "I have a lot of respect for those types of players who don't have the size, have to find a different way to win".

After dropping out of the tournament in his opening round last year, Federer, the world number five, was forced to fight back against the 29-year-old qualifier and eventually emerged victorious 4-6 7-5 6-3.

After dropping the first set, Federer broke Albot while leading 6-5 in the second with a backhand volley victor. Albot could not convert a break point in the deciding set when tied a 3-3, and Federer took command from there to wrap up a match that lasted two hours and 10 minutes.

Federer is a three-time champion in Miami, winning in 2005, 2006 and 2017.

Federer will next face Serbia's Filip Krajinovic on Monday.

LaLiga Report: Real Betis v FC Barcelona 17 March 2019
Getafe defended well to take a 0-0 draw at Valencia, keeping its hold on fourth place. One wrote: "After all Messi's goals, we identify with the expression of Pau Lopez ".

Elsewhere, sixth-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa defeated Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-4, 7-6 (6). After more than two months away from the court with an elbow injury, the world number seven smashed 17 aces en route to the second round win over the 21-year-old Munar. I'm happy I got it out of the way.

"I'm looking forward to the game", Federer said of Medvedev. "But I still kept going after them, and I was able to hit my spots and keep the pressure on and shorten points as the match went on", the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) quoted Federer as saying.

Czech Kvitova, whose knife-wielding attacker in 2016 - 33-year-old Radim Zondra - was sentenced to eight years in prison yesterday, will play Australian Ashleigh Barty today after beating France's Caroline Garcia 6-3, 6-3.

Czech third seed Petra Kvitova beat Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia 6-3 6-3 to set up a quarter-final clash with Australian 12th seed Ashleigh Barty, a 4-6 6-3 6-2 victor over seventh seed Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands.

Double Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova progressed after seeing off Donna Vekic 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, while Angelique Kerber lost to wild card Bianca Andreescu 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.

  • Lawrence Cooper