World number five, Roger Federer, beat South Africa’s Kevin Anderson 6-0, 6-4 on Friday, in the quarterfinal of the Miami Open. The Swiss gained revenge over his Wimbledon exit in the hands of his opponent.
The 20-Grand Slam winner will now face 19 –year-old Denis Shapovalov, a player barely half his age.
But the veteran will have little time to rest before his clash against the Canadian, who is highly regarded and tipped for future Grand Slam success.
Shapovalov had seen off America’s Frances Tiafoe 6-7 5(5), 6-4, 6-2, in the battle of ‘Next Gen’.
The youngster is one of two Canadian teenagers in the semis, with 18-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime scheduled to play defending champion, John Isner, before Federer and Shapovalov will face-off
Federer has won 100 career titles, 100 more than Shapovalov. He said he was looking forward to the pair’s first match-up.
“He’s one of the big shot makers in the game. I love his forehand,” Federer said.
“It’s an exciting draw for John and for myself here, playing these young guys. They are not just young, but they are very good, as well.”
The Swiss raced through the first set against Anderson, the man who came from two sets down to beat him in a quarter-final marathon at Wimbledon last year.
Anderson took nine games to get on the board, but eventually found his rhythm back with a series of return winners to level at 3-3 in the second set.
Federer struck the decisive blow at 4-4, however, winning a marathon game of 22 points and clinching the break with a killer backhand return down the line.
“I hit it late and that’s why it went short,” he said of the shot.
“That’s not what I wanted to do but maybe what it took. I got a bit lucky there at the end,” he added.