Federer, Ferrer Keep Fighting In Miami; Monday Schedule & Preview
The fourth seed squares off against Filip Krajinovic of Serbia. Federer leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head series 2-0, but Krajinovic pushed the Swiss to three sets in their most recent meeting last October at the Swiss Indoors Basel.
After an injury-filled 2018, the 27-year-old has been on the rebound this year. Krajinovic came through qualifying to reach the fourth round at the BNP Paribas Open (l. to Nadal) and defeated Stan Wawrinka in a third-set tie-break on Saturday.
But Federer has more than 15 years of Miami success on his side. His first ATP Masters 1000 final came here in 2002 (l. to Agassi) and he’s won this event three times (2005-2006, 2017). Federer has been in fine form this season, finishing runner-up at the BNP Paribas Open (l. to Thiem) and winning his 100th ATP Tour singles title at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships (d. Tsitsipas).
A battle of youth against experience also headlines Stadium Court action as #NextGenATP American Frances Tiafoe, the No. 28 seed, takes on David Ferrer. The Spaniard is a sentimental favourite in Miami as he makes his 17th and final appearance at this event. He had the crowd fully on his side as he stunned second seed Alexander Zverev in the second round, which marked his first victory over a Top 3 player in five years.
Tiafoe has struggled for form since his epic run to the Australian Open quarter-finals, but produced stellar tennis in his second-round win over fellow #NextGenATP player Miomir Kecmanovic. The American thrives on big courts at big tournaments, and the crowd support will likely be more balanced than what Ferrer experienced against Zverev.
Other notable matches on Monday include sixth seed Kevin Anderson of South Africa taking on Joao Sousa of Portugal, eighth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece going up against Leonardo Mayer of Argentina, and a battle of rising stars pitting No. 20 seed Denis Shapovalov of Canada against qualifier Andrey Rublev of Russia.
STADIUM start 12:00 noon
Not Before 1:00 pm
Filip Krajinovic (SRB) vs  Roger Federer (SUI)
Not Before 7:30pm
 Frances Tiafoe (USA) vs [WC] David Ferrer (ESP)
Not Before 9:00 pm
GRANDSTAND start 12:00 noon
 Kevin Anderson (RSA) vs Joao Sousa (POR)
Not Before 2:00 pm
 Denis Shapovalov (CAN) vs [Q] Andrey Rublev (RUS)
 Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) vs Leonardo Mayer (ARG)
Not Before 7:00 pm
COURT 1 start 11:00
 Grigor Dimitrov (BUL} vs Jordan Thompson (AUS)
 Daniil Medvedev (RUS) vs [Q] Reilly Opelka (USA)
 Marco Cecchinato (ITA) vs  David Goffin (BEL)
BUTCH BUCHHOLZ start 11:00 am
Matwe Middelkoop (NED) / Diego Schwartzman (ARG) vs Ivan Dodig (CRO) / Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
Radu Albot (MDA) / Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) vs  Oliver Marach (AUT) / Mate Pavic (CRO)
 Lukasz Kubot (POL) / Marcelo Melo (BRA) vs Guido Pella (ARG) / Joao Sousa (POR)
 Bob Bryan (USA) / Mike Bryan (USA) vs Nicolas Jarry (CHI) / Franko Skugor (CRO)