ThrowbackTimes Miami: Roger Federer stroms over Daniil Medvedev to cruise into QF

Playing against each other for the third time, world no. 5 and three-time Miami champion Roger Federer defeated Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-2 in swift 61 minutes in 2019 for his 84th Masters 1000 quarter-final! The match was postponed due to rain and played on the next day, with Federer wasting no time on the court against the upcoming youngster, rattling off nine of the final 11 games from 4-3 down in the opener to advance into the last eight. It was Roger’s third and best match at Hard Rock Stadium, dropping 11 points in nine service games, fending off three break points in the opening set’s tenth game and bringing the remaining service games home with ease to mount the pressure on the young Russian.

Daniil fought well in the first eight games before he suddenly lost the ground, never finding the rhythm again and finishing his journey in the fourth round. Federer fired 22 winners and just eight unforced errors, leaving Medvedev on a 14-15 ratio and dominating in both the shortest and mid-range rallies to forge the victory in just over an hour.

In 2019, Roger Federer beat Daniil Medvedev in 61 minutes in Miami.

Servers lost only seven points in the opening eight games, with no chances for the returners. Federer created a break opportunity in game nine following a 34-shot rally, converting it after Daniil’s backhand mistake. Serving for the set at 5-4, Federer faced three break points and grabbed the next five points to close the opener in 32 minutes and gather momentum ahead of set number two.

Medvedev got broken after a 15-shot rally at the beginning of the second set thanks to a loose forehand, drifting further away from the positive result. Roger fired four winners in the second game to confirm the advantage and added four more in game four to remain 3-1 ahead. Medvedev reduced the deficit to 2-3 with a service winner in game five before the Swiss brought the next home for a 4-2 advantage. Serving in game seven, Medvedev wasted a 40-15 lead and got broken after a double fault, allowing Federer to bring the victory home a few minutes later and set the quarter-final clash with Kevin Anderson.

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