Roger Federer had to overcome an impressive display from American teenager Frances Tiafoe to win his opening match at the 2017 Miami Open.
Playing in front of the big crowd against his idol, 19-year-old showed why he already entered the Top 100, staying toe toe toe with Roger in the opening set, where there were no break points, but he couldn't keep the pace in set number 2 when Roger broke him twice to seal the win in straight sets, his 45th in Miami.
On Saturday afternoon, in the second round of the Miami Open, Tiafoe's dream was realized, and it was even more overwhelming than he envisioned. "I think it was a great match, especially for first one here for me".
"You train for this", Del Potro said after Saturday night's match at the Crandon Park Tennis Center here, reports Efe.
With the victory, Federer improved to 14-1 this season, including trophies at the Australian Open and Indian Wells, California, which is remarkable considering he is a 35-year-old father of four and took the last six months of 2016 off to deal with a knee injury.
Over the last few years, Federer has often taken interest in the development of younger players on the ATP circuit. I'm not going to get the surprise really a second time around because I saw the power he had, the explosivity he had.
Taking the ball early, the No. 4 seed should be able to dictate most of the baseline rallies and keep the ball just enough to Del Potro's vulnerable backhand in order to prevail. You name it-we've had some really good ones.
"That's what I like to see, when a younger player comes out, that he really feels he has nothing to lose and he's only got stuff to gain", he said.
And it should feed a player like him with a lot of energy moving forward hopefully...
The Swiss ace, then, moved up a gear and it was too much for the youngster to counter as Federer ended the match in the next seven games.
Wawrinka needed just 65 minutes to complete a 6-3 6-4 victory against Zeballos.
Belgian eighth seed David Goffin beat Darian King of Barbados 7-5 6-1, and Czech 10th seed Berdych defeated Russia's Andrey Rublev 6-3 6-2.