Roger Federer kept waving in apology, twice after he dribbled winners off the net cord and once when he slammed a volley that nearly knocked his opponent down. Afterward Federer praised 19-year-old American qualifier Frances Tiafoe, who acquitted himself well before a near-capacity stadium crowd at the Miami Open. Returning to the tournament after a two-year absence, Federer took the lead with a flawless tiebreaker and gradually pulled away from Tiafoe.
Sixth-seeded Garbine Muguruza of Spain regrouped after having her second-round match suspended due to rain by rallying for an 0-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4 victory over American Christina McHale on Friday at the Miami Open. Muguruza saved a match point at 6-5 in the second set tie-break and overcame a sluggish start to the third before turning her fortunes around. "I think I had a second chance with the rain," said Muguruza, who trailed 6-0, 3-2 when the match was halted on Thursday. "It had everything, the match -- she started playing very well the first set yesterday, and I think my game was not exactly how I wanted it to be. I was missing by a little and she was not missing at all. "I just forgot about
Heather Watson and Dominika Cibulkova have expressed their unhappiness after Maria Sharapova was handed a wild card paving the way for the return of the Russian tennis star after serving a 15-month ban for doping. The 29-year-old's ban will end effectively two days after the 2017 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix kick-starts on 24 April. Sharapova's return to next month's tournament in Stuttgart was confirmed by the Women Tennis Association (WTA).