(March 25, 2017) Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka won their opening matches at the Miami Open on Saturday, both in straight sets.
Fourth seed Federer, the fresh off his tournament win at Indian Wells last weekend was put to the test against talented up and coming American teenage qualifier, ranked No. 101 Frances Tiafoe, winning 7-6(2), 6-3.
“I’ve hit with Frances maybe twice before,” noted the Swiss: “Once at the French and once at the US Open. There he surprised me. I’m not going to get the surprise really a second time around because I saw the power he had, the explosivity he had. You know, how he easily can generate pace.
“So I think he’s going to be really good, like most of the NextGen campaign, if you like, are going to be good players. Plus they’re pushing each other up right now. They have a good dynamic. They are quite friendly also with one another yet they have good rivalry.
“I think the question was always how was he going to come out. It’s the question also for any player. Also for me. How can you start a match? Seemed like to be fearless, no problem, good serving, taking the ball early, making the plays.
“And that I like to see, is when a younger player comes out, that he really feels he has nothing to lose and he’s only got stuff to gain. I hope he’s going to learn a lot from a match like this just because playing on a center court with a lot of people, under pressure, saving break points, making break points, playing breakers. That’s what it’s about, and it should feed a player like him with a lot of energy moving forward hopefully.”
In the first set, despite Federer serving at 80%, Tiafoe held steady until the tiebreak.
“He stayed with me for a very long time,” Federer said to media.
“He was rock solid,” Tiafoe said of the 18-time major champion. “He didn’t give me anything.”
Federer who is returning to play in Key Biscayne after a two-year absence, is a two-time winner of this event 2005-2006.
The No. 6 player is 14-1 on the year, winning the Australian Open in January.
Federer will play Juan Martin del Potro in the third round.
With the top two players, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic out of the tournament with right elbow injuries, Wawrinka is the No. 1 seed for the first time at a Masters 1000 event.
“For me doesn’t change anything mentally or the way I see it,” he said
“Honestly, all I want is to gain what I have, to play well, to improve my tennis, to improve my results, taking as much as I can, and trying to go the best I can.”
Wawrinka beat Horacio Zeballos, 6-3, 6-4.
“For me doesn’t change much to be No. 1 seed or No. 4 seed or No. 3rd,” Wawrinka continued. “Same at the end of the day: You need to win matches.
“I know I can beat anybody, but I need to play well for that. I never played well here in the past, so hopefully I can change that this year.”
In women’s play, reigning French Open champion, Garbine Muguruza needed to regroup to rally past No. 30 Zhang Shuai 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.
“Well, another tight match honestly,” Muguruza quipped. “I think she played very well. I remember the match we played in Doha and it was like today basically.
“I think I played well as well. The first set was few points difference honestly. Then in the second set I came stronger. I said, Look, if yesterday I could come back, I can today as well.
“So I just keep my spirit up. I try to be more aggressive. I try to, I don’t know, be more positive; stop looking the negative things of losing the first set.”
“I mean, a win is a win, obviously. I don’t wish to have every day matches like so, so tough, but I’m very happy with the way I’m facing them. Today was another one.
“Since I started the year I had a lot of matches like this, and I’m expecting every time I go to the court all these girls play very loose with me. They play great.
“I have a little bit of responsibility there, so it’s a good matchup.”
American Bethanie Mattek-Sands upset No. 17 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 4-6, 6-0, 6-3.
Rain interrupted play several times on Saturday.
MIAMI OPEN PRESENTED BY ITAU – MIAMI, USA
20 MARCH – 2 APRIL, 2017
RESULTS – SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 2017
Singles – Second Round
 S. Wawrinka (SUI) d H. Zeballos (ARG) 63 64
 R. Federer (SUI) d [Q] F. Tiafoe (USA) 76(2) 63
B. Coric (CRO) d  D. Thiem (AUT) 61 75
 D. Goffin (BEL) d [Q] D. King (BAR) 75 61
 T. Berdych (CZE) d [WC] A. Rublev (RUS) 63 62
 N. Kyrgios (AUS) d D. Dzumhur (BIH) 64 63
 R. Bautista Agut (ESP) d [Q] M. Kukushkin (KAZ) 63 76(3)
 A. Zverev (GER) d Y. Lu (TPE) 60 63
 I. Karlovic (CRO) d A. Kuznetsov (RUS) 76(4) 61
 J. Isner (USA) d [WC] T. Bellucci (BRA) 75 76(5)
 S. Querrey (USA) d [PR] T. Robredo (ESP) 62 63
 G. Muller (LUX) d A. Seppi (ITA) 76(3) 76(1)
D. Schwartzman (ARG) d  D. Ferrer (ESP) 62 63
 J. del Potro (ARG) d R. Haase (NED) 62 64
M. Jaziri (TUN) d  F. Lopez (ESP) 63 46 63
A. Mannarino (FRA) d  P. Lorenzi (ITA) 64 36 62
Doubles – First Round
 H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) d J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) 63 46 10-8
 P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA) d D. Inglot (GBR) / F. Mergea (ROU) 61 46 16-14
 B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) d F. Martin (FRA) / M. Matkowski (POL) 64 63
 J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) d T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) 64 63
 L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) d [Alt] M. Daniell (NZL) / M. Demoliner (BRA) 26 76(0) 10-7
 I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Granollers (ESP) d A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) / F. Verdasco (ESP) 64 63
J. Isner (USA) / S. Johnson (USA) d  F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) 75 76(2)
N. Monroe (USA) / J. Sock (USA) d A. Qureshi (PAK) / G. Simon (FRA) 64 63
J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) d V. Troicki (SRB) / M. Venus (NZL) 64 75
Singles – Third Round
 Ka. Pliskova (CZE) d  Y. Putintseva (KAZ) 75 63
 D. Cibulkova (SVK) d K. Flipkens (BEL) 62 63
 M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) d  A. Radwanska (POL) 60 63
 G. Muguruza (ESP) d  S. Zhang (CHN) 46 62 62
 C. Wozniacki (DEN) d S. Cirstea (ROU) 64 62
 B. Strycova (CZE) d [Q] J. Cepelova (SVK) 62 64
[WC] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) d  A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 46 60 63
L. Safarova (CZE) d [WC] A. Tomljanovic (CRO) 61 63
Doubles – First Round
 E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS) d O. Kalashnikova (GEO) / A. Muhammad (USA) 60 62
 S. Mirza (IND) / B. Strycova (CZE) d D. Schuurs (NED) / R. Voracova (CZE) 63 76(3)
 A. Hlavackova (CZE) / S. Peng (CHN) d [WC] N. Osaka (JPN) / M. Puig (PUR) 76(6) 61
 V. King (USA) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) d [Alt] L. Davis (USA) / N. Melichar (USA) 57 64 10-3
 R. Atawo (USA) / H. Chan (TPE) d S. Stosur (AUS) / S. Zhang (CHN) 76(4) 12 Retired
G. Dabrowski (CAN) / Y. Xu (CHN) d  A. Spears (USA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) 62 36 10-7
[PR] A. Barty (AUS) / C. Dellacqua (AUS) d M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) / C. Vandeweghe (USA) 62 61
T. Babos (HUN) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d [WC] A. Tomljanovic (CRO) / H. Watson (GBR) 63 61
S. Aoyama (JPN) / Z. Yang (CHN) d X. Knoll (SUI) / A. Krunic (SRB) 46 64 11-9