19-year-old moves on to face Fed­erer

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

Now things will get a lit­tle more chal­leng­ing for Frances Ti­afoe at the Mi­ami Open. Ti­afoe, a 19-year-old from Mary­land, set up a sec­ond-round meet­ing against 18-time Grand Slam cham­pion Roger Fed­erer at the hard-court tour­na­ment in Key Bis­cayne, Fla., by beat­ing Kon­stantin Kravchuk 7-5, 5-7, 6-1 on Thurs­day.

It was Ti­afoe’s third ca­reer match vic­tory at a Grand Slam or Mas­ters event.

Ti­afoe is ranked 101st, Kravchuk 103rd. The level of com­pe­ti­tion will rise against the fourth-seeded — and for­mer No. 1-ranked — Fed­erer.

In other men’s first-round ac­tion, Ho­ra­cio Ze­bal­los came back to beat Gas­tao Elias 6-7 (2), 6-2, 7-5 and earn a matchup against topseeded Stan Wawrinka.

In sec­ond-round women’s matches, Lu­cie Sa­farova elim­i­nated 23rd-seeded Daria Gavrilova 6-2, 6-2, while Kirsten Flip­kens beat No. 29 Ana Kon­juh 7-6 (4), 6-7 (6), 6-2. Also, sec­ond-seeded Karolina Pliskova, a fi­nal­ist at last year’s U.S. Open, had no trou­ble beat­ing 86th-ranked Madison Bren­gle 6-1, 6-3.


Soc­cer: Mid­fielder Me­gan Rapi­noe is back on the U.S. women’s na­tional team ros­ter for a pair of friendlies in Texas next month, coach Jill El­lis an­nounced. Rapi­noe was not in­cluded on the team’s ros­ter for the SheBelieves Cup this month.

Col­lectibles: The miss­ing jer­seys worn by Tom Brady dur­ing two Su­per Bowls were re­turned to the Pa­tri­ots, the FBI an­nounced. Mex­i­can au­thor­i­ties found the items at a prop­erty owned by me­dia ex­ec­u­tive Martin Mauri­cio Ortega. He has not been charged in the case.

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