Sports Federer out of Miami Open; will train to 'work his way back'

23:32  01 march  2021
23:32  01 march  2021 Source:   msn.com

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Roger Federer remains on course for the 101st title of his career after Serbian Filip Krajinovic was dispatched 7-5 6-3 on Monday at the ATP and WTA Miami Open . Federer , however, stylishly weathered the storm to seal the win - the 52nd of his career in Miami - to move into the quarter-finals and a match with either American Reilly Opelka or Daniil Medvedev. "It was a difficult start, he's a great returner so I knew I had to up my percentages and I served really well," said Federer , who hit 14 aces and won an impressive 74% of points on his first serve.

Roger Federer overcame a sluggish start to defeat Filip Krajinovic 7-5 6-3 and Kevin Anderson's booming serve proved too much for Joao Sousa as they advanced to the fourth round of the Miami Open on Monday. Serb Krajinovic broke Federer to jump to an early 2-1 lead and it looked like an upset could be in the works against the 20-times Grand Slam champion. Federer , 37, said he had already put his loss to Dominic Thiem in the BNP Paribas Open final at Indian Wells last week behind him.

Roger Federer is withdrawing from this month's Miami Open so he can spend extra time preparing to “work his way back out on tour,” his agent told The Associated Press on Monday.

Roger Federer looking at the camera © Provided by The Canadian Press

The 20-time Grand Slam champion has not competed in more than a year after having two operations on his right knee during last season.

Federer, who turns 40 in August, is scheduled to make his return to the tour next week in a hard-court tournament at Doha, Qatar. He posted a photo of himself on Twitter last Friday with the caption: “The countdown to Doha begins.”

That will be his first event since he reached the semifinals at the Australian Open in February 2020.

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(Reuters) - Roger Federer stared down defeat and saved two match points before knocking Tomas Berdych out of the Miami Open on Thursday with a 6-2 3-6 7-6(6) victory in their thrilling quarter-final. Federer will next face Nick Kyrgios on Friday after the 12th seeded Australian edged German teenager Alexander Zverev 6-4 6-7(9) 6-3 in an evening quarter-final, finally clinching victory on his sixth match point.

The night train _____ Washington, D.C. arrives in Miami early the next morning. Commuters rely _____ a punctual, comfortable and safe public transport service to get them to work . The quickest way to get from New York to Chicago is _____ air. The manager is on a training course in Denver and will be back _____ a few days. (A) in (B) at (C) since (D) until.

As of now, he also is slated to participate in the hard-court tournament at Dubai, United Arab Emirates, that begins March 14.

Federer also had been on the entry list for the Masters 1000 stop in Miami, where play starts on March 24.

But his agent, Tony Godsick, wrote Monday in an email to the AP that Federer will not play there.

“After Doha and maybe Dubai, (Federer) will go back and do a training block to continue to slowly work his way back out on tour,” Godsick wrote.

Miami Open tournament director James Blake did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Federer beat John Isner 6-1, 6-4 in the final to win the Miami Open in 2019, the last time it was held. The tournament was one of dozens that were called off last year when the professional tennis tours went on hiatus for several months because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Djokovic ties Federer in weeks at No. 1; Gauff up to No. 38

  Djokovic ties Federer in weeks at No. 1; Gauff up to No. 38 Novak Djokovic is gaining on Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the Grand Slam standings, and he’s already caught Federer in another significant statistic: As of Monday, Djokovic has been No. 1 in the ATP rankings for a total of 310 weeks. That equals Federer’s career record for most time spent atop the rankings. And no matter what happens over the next week, Djokovic is assured of breaking Federer’s mark on March 8. Pete Sampras is third on theThat equals Federer’s career record for most time spent atop the rankings. And no matter what happens over the next week, Djokovic is assured of breaking Federer’s mark on March 8.

- Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal, Miami 2005 Final: Nadal should've had 0-40 on Federer 's serve, instead he went on to lose the game and eventually the match which was the second career head-to-head meeting between the great rivals. Nadal has played 5 Miami finals and is yet to win the title. Söderling won the semifinal match vs González in five sets but lost in the final to Roger Federer . - Andre Agassi vs Tommy Haas, Wimbledon 1998 second round: A forehand by Haas was ruled good, even though replays showed it was clearly out . "It was nearly six inches " Agassi protested.

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That was Federer’s fourth title at the hard-court event, following trophies he collected there in 2005, 2006 and 2017.

Federer is currently No. 5 in the ATP rankings. He has spent 310 weeks total at No. 1, an ATP record tied by Novak Djokovic on Monday.

Federer’s 103 tour-level titles are the second-most in the professional era of men’s tennis, trailing only Jimmy Connors, who won 109.


AP Sports Writer Steven Wine in Miami contributed to this report.


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