Fed­erer re­nais­sance con­tin­ues apace as Swiss reaches quar­ters

The Herald - Herald Sport - - FOR THE RECORD - HAY­LEY MILNE

ROGER Fed­erer’s im­pres­sive start to the 2017 cam­paign con­tin­ued as he beat Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 7-6 in the fourth round of the Mi­ami Open.

The Aus­tralia Open cham­pion has lost only one match this year, af­ter re­turn­ing from a five-month lay-off, and claimed the tie breaks 7-5 and 7-4 to progress to the quar­ter-fi­nals in Florida.

Czech To­mas Berdych awaits the Swiss in the last eight, af­ter he beat France’s Adrian Man­nar­ino 6-3 7-5.

No.2 seed Kei Nishikori – a 6-3 4-6 6-3 win­ner over Fed­erico Del­bo­nis in the quar­ters – met Fabio Fognini in the last four late last night af­ter the Ital­ian had thrashed Don­ald Young 6-0 6-4.

Fed­erer’s com­pa­triot and top seed Stan Wawrinka suf­fered a sur­prise de­feat to Ger­man teenager Alexan­der Zverev. Wawrinka took the first set 6-4, but Zverev con­verted four of his five break points as he won the next two 6-2 6-1.

Zverev will play Nick Kyr­gios in the quar­ter-fi­nals af­ter the Aus­tralian beat David Gof­fin of Bel­gium 7-6 6-3.

Rafa Nadal beat Ni­co­las Mahut 6-4 7-6 and faces Amer­i­can Jack Sock, who was a 6-2 6-1 win­ner against com­pa­triot Jared Don­ald­son.

Mean­while, for­mer world No.1 Caro­line Woz­ni­acki pro­gressed to the semi-fi­nals in Mi­ami with a straight-sets win over Lu­cie Sa­farova. The No.12 seed from Den­mark was a 6-4 6-3 win­ner against her Czech op­po­nent.

Woz­ni­acki, who had pro­gressed on Mon­day when No.6 seed Gar­bine Mugu­ruza re­tired through ill­ness, had too much for dou­bles spe­cial­ist Sa­farova and ad­vanced af­ter an hour and 50 min­utes. She will face No.2 seed Karolina Pliskova in the last four, af­ter she beat Mir­jana Lu­cic-Ba­roni of Croa­tia in straight sets, the Czech pro­gress­ing 6-3 6-4.

Bri­tain’s Jo­hanna Konta reached the last four af­ter de­feat­ing Si­mona Halep 3-6 7-6 (9/7) 6-2, and will face ei­ther top seed An­gelique Ker­ber or Aus­tralian Open fi­nal­ist Venus Wil­liams.

Else­where, Maria Shara­pova said she fought for the truth so she can end her ca­reer on her terms.

The for­mer world num­ber one was ini­tially banned for two years af­ter fail­ing a dop­ing test, be­fore hav­ing it re­duced to 15 months on ap­peal to the Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion for Sport. She will re­turn to ac­tion at the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart next month, play­ing her first match the day af­ter her sus­pen­sion runs out.

The Rus­sian’s im­pend­ing re­turn has been the hottest topic of con­ver­sa­tion in ten­nis, with a num­ber of play­ers ex­press­ing dis­con­tent at Shara­pova be­ing given wild cards into the big­gest tour­na­ments on the WTA Tour.

Shara­pova her­self ap­pears to see no rea­son to show re­morse.

Speak­ing at the ANA In­spir­ing Women in Sports con­fer­ence in Cal­i­for­nia, re­ported by The Desert Sun news­pa­per, Shara­pova said: “You al­ways want to end your ca­reer or a chap­ter in your life on your terms and in your voice, and to be in a mo­ment where you felt like it could have ended on some­one else’s terms was very dif­fi­cult to ac­cept. And that’s why I fought so hard for the truth to be out.

“You don’t re­alise how much you love some­thing and how much some­thing means to you un­til you lose it for some time.”

Shara­pova, 29, has used the time to fo­cus on her busi­ness ca­reer. The creator of Su­gar­pova sweets took classes at Har­vard Busi­ness School and spent time shad­ow­ing NBA com­mis­sioner Adam Sil­ver, at Nike head­quar­ters and as an in­tern at an ad­ver­tis­ing agency.

She also wrote her au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, due to be pub­lished in Septem­ber.

Shara­pova said: “I learned that life is okay with­out ten­nis.’

“But my mind and my body still have the mo­ti­va­tion to be the best ten­nis player I can be. I got my day job back.”

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