Published On: Fri, Mar 29th, 2019

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Roger Federer vs Kevin Anderson LIVE (Image: GETTY)

Federer and Anderson were due on court around 7pm local time but rain in Miami meant the match was delayed by an hour.

But once it got underway Federer produced a virtuoso display in front of a packed crowd on Hard Rock Stadium.

The Swiss star broke Anderson three times to win the first set 6-0 and broke again early in the second set to lead 2-0.

Anderson did finally got on the scoreboard and then broke back to level the set but in a 14-minute ninth game Federer broke his opponent for the fifth time in the match and served out to love to seal his place in the semi-finals where he will play rising Canadian ace Denis Shapovalov on Friday.

ROGER FEDERER VS KEVIN ANDERSON AS IT HAPPENED

SECOND SET

*FEDERER 6-0 6-4 ANDERSON

Anderson backhand slice into the net 15-0. Anderson forehand wide, 30-0. Federer ace, 40-0.

Anderson backhand return into the net. GAME. SET. MATCH.

Simply awesome performance from Federer to take his place in the semis.

FEDERER 6-0 5-4 ANDERSON*

Superbly constructed point ends with an easy Federer smash and Anderson then double faults for the fourth time, 0-30. But he pulls it back to 30-all.

Anderson goes wide with a backhand and it’s break point Federer. But Federer nets his backhand sliced return. 

Federer finds the gap with a backhand pass, deuce. Another lengthy Anderson service and it goes beyond seven minutes.

An amazing lob from Federer but Anderson gets the ball back then puts a forehand into the net. Break point Federer. Big serve from Anderson, deuce.

Federer forehand return down the line! Break point again. Brilliant from Anderson as he put a backhand volley just beyond Federer. But he goes wide again with a backhand.

Break point. But Anderson delivers at the net again with a forehand volley. This is a 12 minute game.

Anderson goes long with a forehand and it’s break point Federer. And once again Anderson is solid at the net and puts away a volley.

Anderson goes wide with a backhand and it’s a fifth break point for Federer. And he finally gets it after 14 minutes when he catches Anderson by surprise with a backhand return and the South African puts a forehand wide.

Federer will serve for a place in the semi-finals next.

*FEDERER 6-0 4-4 ANDERSON

Normal service resumes for Federer as he holds to 30. But Anderson is definitely playing much more aggressively.

FEDERER 6-0 3-4 ANDERSON*

All of a sudden the errors are coming for Federer and the momentum is with Anderson. And an ace gives him the lead for the first time in this set.

*FEDERER 6-0 3-3 ANDERSON

Chance for Anderson as he hits back to back forehand winners, 15-40. And he gets back level when he passes Federer with an excellent cross court backhand.

Game on?

FEDERER 6-0 3-2 ANDERSON*

For once the drop shot does work for Federer and it drifts harmlessly wide, 30-0. But a forehand into the net from Anderson makes it 30-30. He’s made 23 unforced errors at this point in the match.

And another error from Anderson makes it deuce. However, a nice serve and volley gets him another game. 

*FEDERER 6-0 3-1 ANDERSON

Ace from Federer makes it 30-15. And he comes through safely again to maintain his lead. Barely been in trouble on serve.

Roger Federer

Kevin Anderson had no answer to Roger Federer’s brilliance (Image: GETTY)

FEDERER 6-0 2-1 ANDERSON*

Anderson double fault, 15-15. But he gets to 40-15 when Federer puts a backhand slice wide. The crowd giving some encouragement to the South African.

And he delivers when Federer puts a forehand into the net. A massive puff of the cheeks from the big man. He looks very relived.

*FEDERER 6-0 2-0 ANDERSON

Just too many errors from Anderson tonight and Federer holds to 15. So easy.

FEDERER 6-0 1-0 ANDERSON*

Just no joy for Anderson in this match and another backhand into the net gives Federer a break point. But Anderson responds aggressively and puts away a volley, deuce.

Another break chance for Federer after he drags Anderson out of position. But again Anderson comes up big and puts away a forehand winner.

Stunning Federer backhand down the line after the longest rally of the match (18 shots).

Anderson just can’t break through Federer’s defence. This game has taken over eight minutes so far.

Break chance again for Federer as he passes Anderson at the net with a backhand. And Anderson finally breaks down under the pressure when he puts a backhand well long. Seven games in a row for the Swiss

FIRST SET

*FEDERER 6-0 ANDERSON

Second double fault of the match from Federer, 30-30. But an ace hands him set point.

And a backhand volley seals the set in 26 minutes. Even by his own high standards that was an incredible set of tennis.

Roger Federer

Roger Federer won the first set 6-0 (Image: GETTY)

FEDERER 5-0 ANDERSON*

Roger Federer is allegedly 37 years old. But not on the evidence of the first point of this game. Jaw dropping athleticism and reaction time at the net and he flicks a backhand down the line.

More exceptional movement from Federer catches out Anderson and it’s three more break points.

And Anderson shanks a forehand out and it’s three service breaks on his serve. Stunning.

*FEDERER 4-0 ANDERSON

First double fault of the match for Federer, 15-15. But he recovers and holds after an Anderson forehand return into the net.

4-0 in just 19 minutes.

FEDERER 3-0 ANDERSON*

Excellent forehand winner as he moved forward from Anderson, 30-15. But he nets another backhand, 30-all.

Break point Federer after Anderson hits a backhand long.

Anderson thinks he’s brought back to deuce with an ace. But Federer challenges and the ball is out by the slimmest margin. And on the second serve Anderson double fault. Awful start for the big man.

Roger Federer

Roger Federer in action against Kevin Anderson (Image: GETTY)

*FEDERER 2-0 ANDERSON

Federer has used the drop shot to good effect in the tournament and it helps him again, 30-15.

Anderson nets another backhand to consolidate the break for Federer.

FEDERER 1-0 ANDERSON*

Early break point chance for Federer as Anderson goes wide with a forehand. But the South African cancels it out with an ace.

Second break chance for Federer as Anderson nets a backhand. And Anderson goes long with a backhand to gift Federer the break.

Perfect start for the Swiss.

23:55: Federer and Anderson have taken to the stadium court and are moments away from beginning their Miami Open quarter-final.

23:30: Barty has defeated Kontaveit 6-3, 6-3 to reach the Miami Open Final. This means that we shouldn’t have a long wait before Federer takes to the court.

23:15: Barty is trailing 3-2 in the second set after Kontaveit broke serve.

23:00: Barty has won the first set against Kontaveit and is playing better tennis so far.

If she races away with the second set it won’t be long till Federer and Anderson are on the court.

Barty

Ashleigh Barty is through to the Miami Open final (Image: GETTY)

22:35: Play is back underway on Hard Rock Stadium between Anett Kontaveit and Ashleigh Barty. It’s currently 2-2 in the first set.

22:15: The most recent update from the Miami Open organisers is that the blowers are out drying the courts.

22:00: Hello and welcome to live coverage of Roger Federer’s quarter-final clash against Kevin Anderson.

The players are due on court at around 11pm (UK) but that doesn’t look like it will be happening due to rain.



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