19-year-old moves on to face Federer
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.
ODDS AND ENDS
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.