Roger Federer still on track at Miami Open, but Grigor Dimitrov woes continue
Roger Federer has advanced at the Miami Open after weathering an early storm to beat Serbian Filip Krajinovic.
Federer was tested early on, as world number 103 Krajinovic produced some brilliant early tennis.
However, Federer was able to slowly allow his class to tell before sealing a 7-5, 6-3 2in.
“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.
“It was more humid today so I am just delighted to get through.”
Elsewhere in the men’s draw, sixth seed Kevin Anderson beat Joao Sousa 6-4, 7-6 (8-6), and Denis Shapovalov eased past Andrey Rublev is straight sets.
Daniil Medvedev was given a big test by giant American Reilly Opelka, with all three sets going to a tiebreak before the Russian shaded it to earn a clash with Federer in the next round.
David Goffin is also through after beating Marco Cecchinato, but Grigor Dimitrov’s woes continued as he fell to Australian Jordan Thompson.
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