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Two final bunks were on the line Thursday in the 2019 Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.
In the women's singles draw, 12th-seeded Ashleigh Barty took 21-seed Anett Kontaveit in a semi-final while No. 2 Simona Halep met No. 5 Karolina Pliskova in the other.
On the men's side, the quarterfinals were close, even though John Isner and Felix Auger-Aliassime had already booked their seats in the next round. Frances Tiafoe tried to make it two Americans in the semi-finals by beating Denis Shapovalov while Kevin Anderson was looking to overturn Roger Federer.
Here is a look at the scores from Thursday and a review of the action.
2019 Miami Open Results-March 28
No. 4 Roger Federer def. No. 6 Kevin Anderson, 6-0, 6-4
No. 20 Denis Shapovalov def. No. 28 Frances Tiafoe, 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-2
No. 12 Ashleigh Barty final No. 21 Anett Kontaveit, 6-3, 6-3
No. 5 Karolina Pliskova def. No. 2 Simona Halep, 7-5, 6-1
Federer did quick work by Anderson in the first set of what turned out to be a straight-set victory. The three-hour Miami Open champion closed South African before a more disputed second set.
The result continued what has been a general strict dominance for Federer. Entered the Miami Open, he was 5-1 against Anderson and had lost three out of 15 sets. All three came in Anderson's lonely victory – a marathon match in the 2018 Wimbledon quarterfinals.
Anderson's heavy serve has driven much of its success on the ATP Tour. But Federer is too complete a player to be relegated to an opponent who is heavily dependent on a weapon. This point from the first set showed how Federer was ready for what Anderson would throw at him:
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Have @MiamiOpen just seen the point for the season from @rogerfederer!?!
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Tiafoe jumped out to a single set by Shapovalov but fell apart for the rest of the match.
The 21-year-old American took four games in the second set – a number that cheats without context. Shapovalov lost the opening game and then reeled five straight games to continue 5-1.
Tiafoe did well to come back and make the second set interesting but couldn't finish the job. He then lost earning in the third game of the final set and could not mount much resistance.
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Den @denis_shapo has it all 🔥
Here is the moment the 19-year-old secured his place in @MiamiOpen semis & # 39;
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Barty not only overcharged Concierge but also Mother Nature as rain forced several delays during their fight.
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In a short battle (77 min), which took a very long time (about 6.5 hours), Ash Barty Anett Kontaveit 6-3, 6-3 beats the # MiamiOpen Final, the largest of his career.
Awaiting Halep or Pliskova.
"It is clear that the weather is something we cannot control and a little frustrating that we came on a couple of times, it was a pretty quick shower right away, "she said at WTA official site. "Just try to sit back and make the most of the time you have from the court, and know that when you get back, you should turn on immediately. "
Kontaveit could not do any kind of dent in Barty's servant. Barty won 83 percent of his first servers and saves 71 percent of her opponents' breakout opportunities.
Rain was also a factor in the second semifinal. Prolonged delays in the first and second sets pushed Pliskova and Halep into the early hours Friday morning and Pliskova wrapped his victory shortly after. 1 ET.
. @ KaPliskova holds off Halep and the rain, 7-5, 6-1!
Moves into the @MiamiOpen final! https://t.co/j6K2yRuQNd
Pliskova earned with scores tied to three games each time as the rain forced the players back into the closet. When they came back, Halep immediately took control and went on 5-3. Untreated by her deficit, Pliskova won four straight games to close the set.
The Australian Open Semifinalist showed some great defensive tennis to stay in what turned out to be the last point in the set. She forced Halep to come in with an expertly placed drop shot and then knocked a winner into a wide open court:
. @ KaPliskova storms to take the last four games and the opening set, 7-5! #MiamiOpen https://t.co/bfHSlTfIPi
Losing such a fierce set seemed to take something out of Halep as she quickly fell behind 0-5 in the second frame before another rain delay forced a stop in play. The delay came too late to give any kind of lift or opportunity for her to reset.
The New York Times& # 39; Ben Rothenberg noted Halep's loss guarantees Naomi Osaka will remain number 1 player in the world after the Miami Open.
The full tournament draws (men's singles and women's singles) and order are available on the Miami Open's official site.
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