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MIAMI OPEN UPDATES: Federer returns with a bang

Day five of the 2017 Miami Open saw Rodger Federer makes a great return to Miami with a straight set win over American Frances Tiafoe.

The Swiss defeated the 19 year old qualifier 7-6 (7-2) 6-3.

This means Rodger Federer has won 14 out of the 15 games played in 2017.

Federer was making a return to Miami since 2014 after illness ruled him out last year.

He said after the match;

“It’s quite tough conditions, raining and really windy today.”

“It’s really windy on the court, so it’s never easy. I’m happy with the way I was moving, the way I was playing and my attitude in general was really positive, so it’s a great match.”

“I’ve hit with Frances maybe twice before,” Federer continued.

“I saw the power he had, the explosivity he had, how he easily can generate pace. He seemed to be fearless, good serving, taking the ball early and making the plays.

“What I like to see is when a younger player comes out and really feels he has nothing to lose and only has stuff to gain.”

Federer will face Argentine Juan Martin del Potro in the fourth round.

Federer has the 2017 Australian Open and the Indian Wells titles in his room and is looking to make it three titles out of three in 2017.

There were also wins for Stan Wawrinka  who beat Horacio Zeballos 6-3 6-4, Juan Martin del Potro who edged Dutchman Robin Haase 6-2 6-4.

Also Australian Nick Krygios needed to fight back to beat Damir Dzumhur 6-4 6-3 after dropping his first two games.

20-year-old Croat Borna Coric brought the surprise of the third round as he beat Austrian sixth seed Dominic Thiem 6-1 7- to reach the fourth round.

David Goffin of Belgium beat Darian King of Barbados 7-5 6-1 to reach the fourth round as Tomas Berdych overcame Russia’s Andrey Rublev 6-3 6-2.

In the women’s division, there were wins for Croatian 26th seed Lucic-Baroni as she swept away Poland’s Radwanska.

Garbine Muguruza of Spain came from a set down to beat China’s Zhang Shuai 4-6 6-2 6-2. while fifth seed Agnieszka Radwanska¬† was beaten 6-0 6-3 by Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.

The women set were complete with Karolina Pliskova beating 27th seed Yulia Putintseva 7-5 6-3.

The Men’s double saw Indian Wells champions, Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares trashing Treat Huey and Max Mirnyi 6-4 6-3.

The Miami Open continues today with interesting games to be played.

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