In the rich repertoire of Federer, who for most of his career just sliced his backhand on second serves, return seemed more an end to the means. In Sunday’s Miami Open final however, Federer’s metronomic returns undid John Isner.
Roger Federer dominated a semifinal battle of the ages, beating 19-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov 6-2, 6-4. John Isner also bested a Canadian teenager, 18-year-old qualifier Felix Auger-Aliassime, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4).
Roger Federer is through to the Miami Open quarterfinals, having little trouble on the way to a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Daniil Medvedev - needing only 61 minutes to prevail in a match where he committed eight unforced errors.
Roger Federer knew he had things going his way at the Miami Open when he hit three shots off his frame during a wild 17-stroke exchange and still won the point because Filip Krajinovic dumped a half volley into the net.
The consolation for his opponent, who sensationally defeated Federer last month at the Australian Open and was contesting his second final in two weeks, is that when the new rankings are released on Monday he will be in the top 10 for the first time.
Roger Federer will be playing for his 19th Grand Slam title and his eighth Wimbledon title, when he faces the seventh ranked Croatian Marin Cilic on Sunday in the final of Wimbledon 2017 at the Center Court.
One can always expect to find celebrities peppered in the Royal Box at Wimbledon and when a superstar like Roger Federer is vying to break records, the number of famous faces in the stands will only increase.
Wimbledon 2017 is all set to commence from July 3. Where Andy Murray is the defending champion, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal are strong contenders. Federer and Djokovic have won thrice in the last 10 editions.
A host of Bollywood biggies Aamir Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar and Deepika Padukone were seen at the India leg of International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) which concluded on Monday (December 8).