Federer To Face Kyrgios For Return To No. 1
But last year at the Miami Open presented by Itau, Kyrgios was a known threat, and Federer gained revenge in their electric semi-final played under the lights. The Aussie again erased two match points in the second set and belted an ace at 10/9 in the second-set tie-break to even the contest.
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But the Swiss didn’t let another opportunity go by, clinching the semi-final on his racquet 7-6(9), 6-7(9), 7-6(5). He’d complete his third Sunshine Double the next day.
“We’ve had some brutal matches against each other, in Miami, in Madrid,” Federer said after his straight-sets quarter-final win against Argentina’s Guido Pella on Friday. “He’s always dangerous, especially on the grass. I think I will enjoy playing against him.”
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Kyrgios missed the past two months of singles play because of an injured right elbow, but the 23-year-old Aussie has shown few signs of any lingering problems. He beat German Maximilian Marterer, who made the fourth round at Roland Garros, and 2017 Fever-Tree Championships titlist Feliciano Lopez of Spain to make his second semi-final of the season (Brisbane).
Kyrgios and countryman Lleyton Hewitt are the only two players to beat Federer, Nadal and Novak Djokovic in their first meetings. Kyrgios is also 8-7 against players ranked inside the Top 4 of the ATP Rankings.
If Federer wins, he’ll overtake Rafael Nadal for the top ATP Ranking on Monday. The Swiss currently holds the record for most weeks at No. 1 (309). This is Federer’s only opportunity during the grass-court season to return to the top spot. He can’t improve his points tally at his next two events, the Gerry Weber Open in Halle and Wimbledon, where he won titles last year. Federer was last No. 1 during the week of 14 May.