US teen Frances Tiafoe sets up Federer clash | Miami Open

US youngster Frances Tiafoe brought down Russia’s Konstantin Kravchuk 7-5, 5-7, 6-1 at the Miami Open, to book a moment round match against 18-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer, here on Thursday. It will be the 19-year-old American’s first match against a main 10 rival.

“The person has around a million Grand Slams and done everything. I can’t reveal to you that I am so eager to play,” Tiafoe said. “Seeing the draw was somewhat most likely why up a set and 4-1, I began surging and considering, ‘Gracious my god, will play Roger.’ He’s my object of worship, everybody’s venerated image.”


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Tomic hauls out

Bernard Tomic’s hardships proceeded as he hauled out because of a back damage, the most recent misfortune in a disillusioning year for the Australian. Positioned seventeenth on the planet as of late as November, Tomic has tumbled down the rankings to 44th.

Fortunate failure Mikhail Youzhny of Russia had Tomic’s spot in the first-round challenge, yet was expelled 6-4, 6-1.


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In the ladies’ draw, second seed Karolina Pliskova traveled into the third round, the Czech beating American qualifier Madison Brengle 6-1, 6-3 on Thursday.

Vital outcomes:

Men: First round: Frances Tiafoe bt Konstantin Kravchuk 7-5, 5-7, 6-1; Borna Coric bt Marcel Granollers 7-6(6), 4-6, 6-3; Robin Haase bt Mikael Ymer 7-5, 7-6(3); Andrey Kuznetsov bt Denis Istomin 6-4, 7-6(0); Adrian Mannarino bt Benjamin Becker 7-6(6), 6-3; Tommy Robredo bt Nikoloz Basilashvili 3-6, 6-4, 6-2; Andrey Rublev bt Florian Mayer 6-1, 6-1; Mikhail Kukushkin bt Mikhail Youzhny 6-4, 6-1.

Ladies: Second round: Dominika Cibulkova bt Veronica Cepede Royg 6-3, 6-2; Mirjana Lucic-Baroni bt Kateryna Bondarenko 6-2, 2-6, 7-6(2); Agnieszka Radwanska bt Wang Qiang 7-6(3), 6-1; Kirsten Flipkens bt Ana Konjuh 7-6(4), 6-7 (6), 6-2; Caroline Wozniacki bt Varvara Lepchenko 6-1, 6-2; Lucie Safarova bt Daria Gavrilova 6-2, 6-2; Zhang Shuai bt Sara Errani 4-6, 6-4, 7-5; Karolina Pliskova bt Madison Brengle 6-1, 6-3; Jana Cepelova bt Coco Vandeweghe 6-2, 3-6, 6-1.

Updated: March 25, 2017 — 7:40 am

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