Federer reaches quarters, Halep eyes No. 1 ranking
- Author: Angelo Rivera Mar 30, 2019,
Mar 30, 2019, 1:04
"I'm feeling really good", Federer said.
"Are you kidding?" a commentator exclaimed as Federer clinched the point two shots later.
There was a repeat in the second set.
"Night, it's ideal for me", Pliskova said.
Isner, the tournament's No. 7 seed, dominated Auger-Aliassime with his serve and finished with 20 aces. "They are not just young, but they are very good, as well".
Isner lost serve for only the third time in the tournament to fall behind early.
Federer will have little time to rest his 37-year-old legs before his clash against 19-year-old Denis Shapovalov, the highly regarded Canadian talent tipped for future Grand Slam success.
This is only the second career semi-final on the main tour for Auger-Aliassime, and the first at Masters 1000 level.
"The conditions can change here in Miami so I think we were both ready for this day because since the morning it was tough".
Auger-Aliassime, the youngest semi-finalist in the tournament's 35-year history, refused to go away without a fight and broke Isner for a second time but was unable to force a decider, when leading 5-4.
Barty maneuvered to a hold for 5-3, saving a break point with a gutsy overhead, then used fiery forehands to reach triple set point in the next game.
A men's doubles match between twins Bob and Mike Bryan and Marcelo Melo/Lukasz Kubot was knotted at 2-2 on the Grandstand when rain halted play, but that match, and another scheduled doubles match were postponed until Friday to ensure the singles matches were completed.
"Pretty insane. Everyone is super excited back home", said Auger-Aliassime, who wasn't in the top 100 of the world rankings two months ago and now will climb to No. 33 next week - if not higher. Start in Monte Carlo and - yeah, obviously my goals and my expectations, maybe not my expectations, but I'm aiming high.
"It's really great to see him doing well. Everybody helping me along the way is a nice feeling to actually being able to celebrate wins and losses".
"I want to play well for the rest of the year, but again, just focus on the daily work".
"It's awesome", the 33-year-old told the crowd after his victory. "But if I do it, I will be very proud".
Halep won the final six games against Qiang and would return to No. 1 in the world if she wins her semifinal match Thursday night against fifth-seeded Karolina Pliskova - a 6-3, 6-4 victor over unseeded Marketa Vondrousova in an all-Czech Republic quarterfinal.