Federer eases into Miami Open semi-finals

Roger Federer has moved into the Miami Open semi-finals with a straight-sets victory over South Africa’s Kevin Anderson.

Federer defeated the sixth seed 6-0, 6-4 and looks like the man to beat heading into the final weekend of the tournament.

The three-time champion brought the cheeky net skills, the crafty slices from side to side and the attacking mindset, and it was all far too much for Anderson, who couldn’t replicate his 2018 Wimbledon comeback.

Federer, 37, will play 19-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov in the semi-final.

He said: ‘Any teenager you play, once I think you’re 23, feels different to playing anybody else, because they come out there, and they might not know all the plays down to the T yet, but they don’t have to, because they just free-swing sometimes, and that makes it particularly dangerous.

‘I have always enjoyed playing against teenagers. I think it’s very exciting because of that.

‘It’s an exciting draw, for John and for myself here, playing these young guys.

‘They are not just young, but they are very good, as well. They are nice guys.’