Miami Open 2019

Miami Open 2019 : The Miami Open known as the Miami Masters and part of the Sunshine Double. Before 2019, the tournament was held on hard Miami Open courts at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park in Key Biscayne Florida, is an annual tennis 2019 tournament for men and women now held at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida Will be Tennis tournament

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The 37-year-old Federer moved into his seventh Miami semi-final and 65th final four at a Masters 1000 event. Next, instead of an experienced veteran like the 32-year-old Anderson, he’ll meet someone who spent his childhood watching the Swiss in 19-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov. In the other semi-final, defending champion and seventh seed John Isner, 33, will meet 18-year-old qualifier Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada.

It doesn’t feel that different to when I played Rafa when he was super young, or anybody. Any teenager you play, once I think you’re 23, feels different to playing anybody else, because they come out there, and they might not know all the plays down to the T yet, but they don’t have to, because they just free-swing sometimes, and that makes it particularly dangerous,” Federer said.
“I have always enjoyed playing against teenagers. I think it’s very exciting because of that. 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. They are nice guys. It should be hopefully good semi-finals.”

It will be the first FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting between Shapovalov and Federer. The left-hander came back from a set down for the third time this tournament to win a #NextGenATP battle against 21-year-old American Frances Tiafoe 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-2. Both players have competed at the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan.

The quarter-final had an ominous start for Anderson, who served first. The South African looked unnerved and overhit a backhand long to hand Federer the break.

Coming into the match, he had been broken only three times (34/37) against Spain’s Jaume Munar, Portugal’s No. 1 Joao Sousa and Jordan Thompson of Australia. But Federer would break Anderson that many times in the opening set alone.

Federer landed only 38 per cent of his first serves, but he defended his second serve without problems. Anderson recovered from the 26-minute opening set and the 0-6, 0-2 deficit, breaking Federer to get back on serve at 3-3 in the second.

But the pressure mounted once more at 4-4, and, after a marathon 14-minute game, Federer showed off his craftiness once more. The Swiss cut a slice return to Anderson’s forehand wing that he lunged for and hit, but missed wide, and Federer had his fifth and final break.

Federer brought the cheeky net skills, the crafty slices from side to side and the attacking mindset, and it was all far too much for Anderson, who couldn’t replicate his 2018 Wimbledon comeback and fell to 1-6 in his FedEx ATP Head2Head series against the 27-time Masters 1000 champion.

In what is usually one of his most successful stretches of the season, top-ranked Novak Djokovic fell short of expectations for the second time this month, losing, 1-6, 7-5, 6-3, to No. 22 Roberto Bautista Agut in the fourth round of the Miami Open on Tuesday afternoon.

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Barty, 22, reached the biggest final of her career by winning 6-3 6-3, breaking the Estonian’s serve on five occasions on a rain-interrupted day in Miami.

“It was a very long day, I know we had to wait around but it was an opportunity to drink some coffee and watch the golf so I was relaxed,” she said.

“When I came out I was ready for business. I didn’t start well but I was able to reset and do what I had to do.”Pliskova’s win over Halep had to be stopped twice because of rain, including when the Czech was leading 7-5 5-0.”It wasn’t easy waiting for so long but I managed to stay aggressive,” said Pliskova after their 1am finish.

After gaining a foothold in the match early in the second set, Bautista Agut endured a 40-minute rain delay before drawing level. After breaking for a 3-1 advantage, Bautista Agut dropped his serve but then broke Djokovic again immediately, extending his lead to 5-2 before the two traded holds to finish the match.

“The key of the match was at the beginning of the second set, no?” Bautista Agut said. “If I wanted to win the match, I had to be very close at the score. Otherwise Novak, when he gets an advantage, he plays really aggressive.”

Indeed, Djokovic had never previously lost a match at the Miami Open after winning the first set, a string of 41 matches.Czech Pliskova, 27, won nine straight games, and 10 of the last 11, to fight back from 5-3 down in the first set.

Halep would have topped the rankings if she had reached the final but Naomi Osaka will stay as world number one.Fifth seed Pliskova will meet Australia’s Ashleigh Barty in the final after she beat Anett Kontaveit.

Roger Federer might make a mistake later this week at the Miami Open presented by Itau, but he hardly did on Thursday night against Kevin Anderson.The three-time Miami champion had everything on full display during his 6-0, 6-4 rout against the sixth seed and looks like the man to beat heading into the final weekend of the ATP Masters 1000 tournament.

Sale Sharks vs Connacht

Sale Sharks vs Connacht : Sale Sharks vs Connacht will hope to make fifth time lucky when they tackle European Challenge Cup quarter-final opponents on Friday kick off 7pm.Fly-half returns as Sam James moves to centre to cover the injured James O’Connor while Connacht have Bundee Aki back for their fifth attempt to reach the Challenge Cup semi-finals

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Sam James moves to centre, in place of the injured James O’Connor, while Josh Beaumont shifts to number eight.Bundee Aki returns to the Connacht XV after featuring in all of Ireland’s games at the Six Nations.

Jack Carty and Kieran Marmion start in the half-backs, having both come off the bench in the win over Benetton.Darragh Leader is named at full-back while winger Niyi Adeolokun makes his first start since picking up an arm injury in November.

Props Peter McCabe and Dominic Robertson-McCoy join captain Tom McCartney in the front row.The two sides meet for the third time this season after Sale finished top of Pool Three, ahead of the Irish province on bonus points.

The Sharks have won five of the previous six meetings between the clubs, with Connacht triumphing 20-18 in their most recent encounter in January.
Connacht will hope to make fifth time lucky when they tackle European Challenge Cup quarter-final opponents Sale Sharks on Friday.

The Irish side have lost all four of their previous Challenge Cup last-eight clashes against English opposition.But they will head to the AJ Bell Stadium buoyed by Ireland centre Bundee Aki making his return after the Six Nations, while Jack Carty and Kieran Marmion forge Connacht’s half-back combination.

Connacht head coach Andy Friend said: “We said at the start of the season that we wanted to be in the business end of both the Challenge Cup and the Pro14 competitions.

“We face a tough challenge away to Sale, but this is knockout rugby and we have picked a side to go and win the game.”I am happy with how the squad has been performing over the past few weeks.

“We are seeing strong competition for places, there is a real intensity to our training and we are seeing that in our performances on the pitch.
“We have played Sale twice this season, with both teams winning a game apiece, so I expect Friday night to be another tight affair.”

Twice Challenge Cup winners Sale are bolstered by a return to action for fly-half AJ MacGinty, who starts against his former team.Sam James moves to centre, replacing an injured James O’Connor, with Josh Beaumont starting at number eight in a back-row that also features Jono Ross and Tom Curry.

The Challenge Cup quarter-finals continue on Saturday when Worcester host Harlequins, while Sunday’s action sees Bristol travel to La Rochelle and Northampton visit Clermont Auvergne.

Bundee Aki has returned to the Connacht starting team for their European Challenge Cup quarter-final against Sale Sharks on Friday night. This will be Aki’s first start for Connacht since featuring in all of Ireland’s games in the recent Six Nations Championship.

The Connacht side will be captained by hooker Tom McCartney, who makes his 100th appearance for the province. Carty also returns to the starting line-up, having come off the bench in the home win over Benetton last weekend. Alongside Carty will be fellow international Kieran Marmion who also featured off the bench last time out.

In the back three, Darragh Leader is named at full back with Cian Kelleher and Niyi Adeolokun on the wings. Adeolokun makes his first start since November, when he picked up an arm injury against the Toyota Cheetahs in Bloemfontein. Aki’s inclusion in the midfield sees him form a partnership with the versatile Kyle Godwin.

Up front, props Peter McCabe and Dominic Robertson-McCoy join McCartney in the front row. While in the second row Gavin Thornbury continues his return from injury alongside James Cannon.In the back row Eoghan Masterson and James Connolly are named at blindside and openside respectively, with 22 year old Paul Boyle at number 8.

MacGinty played in five of the club’s first six games, but his only other appearance was at Northampton in February. Sam James reverts to his preferred position of outside centre, in place of the injured James O’Connor.

Josh Beaumont starts at No.8, with skipper Jono Ross and Tom Curry on the flanks. Will Cliff is fit to resume, following his enforced departure against Leicester Tigers three weeks ago and is joined by Scots’ international Josh Strauss on the bench.Aki will make his first start for the western province since before Six Nations where he played in every game for Joe Schmidt’s side.

Both Connacht and Sale have already faced off with one another in the pool stage of this competition with both sides recording one win apiece.Connacht’s last visit to the AJ Bell Stadium resulted in defeat so they know a much-improved performance will be required to progress to the semi-finals.

Joining Aki, fellow Ireland internationals Kieran Marmion and Jack Carty are named in the halfbacks while Aki will partner Kyle Godwin at 12 and the back-three is made up of Niyi Adeolokun, Cian Kelleher and Darragh Leader who is named at fullback.

Hurricanes vs Crusaders

Hurricanes vs Crusaders : Hurricanes vs Crusaders Face of have whipped 32-8 at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium.See how the match unfolded with Jamie Wall.The Hurricanes will be looking to defend their proud home record against the might of the Crusaders in this one,Both Chiefs and Hurricanes players stood in a large huddle for a moment’s silence before the game to remember the victims of the mass

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Crusaders coach Scott Robertson has reshuffled his loose-forward trio to make room for All Blacks captain Kieran Read against the Hurricanes on Friday.The international number eight will slot straight into his customary position, shifting incumbent Whetu Douglas to the blindside flank and Jordan Taufua to the bench.

The two-time defending champions have responded to their first loss of the Super Rugby season – 20-12 to the Waratahs last Saturday – with arguably their best available line-up for this week’s local derby.

Coach Scott Robertson is delighted he finally has the chance to unleash the All Blacks skipper.”He’s excited. he’s fully fit, he’s had that mental refresher and he has trained really well,” Robertson said.

“It means a lot [to have Read back]. He has the experience of playing in big games – he offers us a calm head and he has that ability to help out our captain with his leadership.”Read was expected back two weeks ago but his return was put on hold by All Blacks management. The two-time Rugby World Cup winner is excited to finally hit the park.

“The last few weeks have been about making sure everything is in top nick and getting the all clear from the medical team,” Read said.”It’s a pretty big year so you obviously have to take all that into account but right now I am confident I am good to go. I can’t wait – I feel like I am in as good a nick as I have been at any point of my career which was the aim this year. That’s what the long off-season was all about.”Now it’s time to go out there and get stuck in.”

The Douglas-Taufua decision is one area of debate, while Will Jordan’s emergence has put the established outside backs on notice.In Sydney, the Crusaders sorely missed rested All Blacks Scott Barrett and Richie Mo’unga, while international prop Owen Franks was a late scratching from his 150th outing for the side, after injuring his shoulder in training.

He will return to celebrate his milestone in Wellington instead. The Christchurch-based franchise is also without All Blacks props Joe Moody (ankle) and Tim Perry (arm), who continue to recover from early-season injuries.The Crusaders have picked up a very good win over the Hurricanes and beaten them 32 points to 8 in a display that will remind everyone why they are favourites to retain their Super Rugby title.

Ahead of the game there was a lot to be excited about with so much individual talent on the same pitch and both sides bubbling over with attacking weapons.In the end though the game was more about errors especially for the Canes. If you looked purely at the possession and territory stats then you’d be very confused by the result. The Canes had 61% possession and 57% territory but the real story is how ineffective they were with the ball and position.

20 turnovers in the game from the Canes highlights that despite the fact that they had the ball a lot, they just kept giving it back to the Crusaders and that will frustrate players and coaches alike.

The attacking back line of the Canes that drips with talent was ineffective tonight and Beauden Barrett will want to forget this game as quickly as possible. He wasn’t in control and he created very little for his side. In fact not only that but he also threw two intercepts and just was never able to stamp his command or quality on the match.

The Canes forwards were surprisingly competitive, especially at the scrum but they too made too many errors in the loose where they forced passes, dropped balls and gave away possession at the ruck.

The Crusaders absorbed and absorbed and just took advantage of Canes errors at the right times. Whether it be from kicks from the Crusaders that the Canes didn’t deal with cleanly or picking off intercept passes, the Crusaders seemed to know that if they waited patiently then their chances would come.

They looked far more confident with ball in hand and when they did attack both backs and forwards linked up seamlessly. They were also more patient as they built their attacks believing that they could stretch the Canes bit by bit before creating the gap or space. The Canes on the flip side looked like they were trying to score off of every attack and created few opportunities with all their possession.

The Crusaders will be very happy with the result and the performance while the Canes will be wondering how they are going to challenge their Kiwi rivals for that top spot.There’s loads more Super Rugby on The Roar this weekend so get involved! See you next time.

Take a former Test player with an evolving philosophy about what it means to be a coach, send him on a mission to absorb the best a champion Super Rugby side can offer and then bring it back to an enabling environment with players just as eager to embrace anything that can help them develop their game.

It sounds quite the recipe for improvement and Jerry Flannery believes he is beginning to see the rewards in what may just be a quiet revolution taking place at Munster.

Forwards coach Flannery and attack coach Felix Jones were both dispatched to New Zealand last summer as the province they served with distinction as players sought fresh impetus to take the next step towards a return to Europe’s top table.

With Jones spending his close season in Wellington with the Hurricanes and Flannery pitching up in Christchurch to work with the Crusaders, Johann van Graan’s assistants returned with eyes opened as to the way to take Munster to the next level following a 2017-18 campaign that saw the province come up short in two semi-finals.

Tomorrow’s Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final against Edinburgh at Murrayfield may not see the culmination of their efforts but Flannery’s firm beliefs in player ownership and a commitment to consistent work on rugby’s fundamentals, all of which were confirmed during his spell with former team-mate Ronan O’Gara and the Crusaders, are beginning to blossom and the collective seems set to benefit from its individuals’ progress.

Waratahs vs Sunwolves

Waratahs vs Sunwolves : The Waratahs will play Japan’s Sunwolves in their first ever Super Rugby match in Newcastle tonight (7.45pm AEDT) as they attempt to back up a win which has taken them to the top of the Australian conference.The Waratahs have played the Sunwolves four times in Super rugby and they have won all four matches making them unbeaten against

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The Waratahs will play Japan’s Sunwolves in their first ever Super Rugby match in Newcastle tonight (7.45pm AEDT) as they attempt to back up a win which has taken them to the top of the Australian conference.Mack Mason will start a Super Rugby game for the first time at fly half as the Waratahs rest Wallabies No 10 Bernard Foley along with Adam Ashley-Cooper and Jack Dempsey.

“We wouldn’t be putting him in if we didn’t have confidence in him,” Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson said.Fresh off ending the longest win streak in Super Rugby history last week and sitting pretty at the top of the Australian conference, confidence around the NSW base at Daceyville is through the roof. The Waratah’s defense which they have dubbed ‘The Blue Wall’ strangled the previously unbeaten Crusaders at the SCG forcing them into a very uncharacteristic error ridden performance.

A lot of praise has been heaped on new Welsh defence coach Steve Tandy midweek after allowing the Crusaders just 12 points, which included a try off a blatant forward pass and another after the full time siren.

Just over 24 hours after hearing their Super Rugby journey would all come to an end in 2021 the Sunwolves marched out in Singapore to face the might of the Lions. Despite leading 7-0 they eventually succumbed to a 3rd successive loss going down 37-24, thereby slipping to last on the overall Super Rugby ladder. The historic win over the Chiefs in Hamilton seems a long time ago for the embattled franchise. Having said that a last ditch Karmicheal Hunt charge down attempt was the difference between these sides when they met in round 2 so don’t expect all one-way traffic on a warm evening in the Hunter.

The Waratahs have played the Sunwolves four times in Super rugby and they have won all four matches making them unbeaten against the Japanese side.Three of the matches were played in Tokyo and one was played in Sydney. This weekend the match will be played in Newcastle.

The last time the Waratahs played the Sunwolves on Australian soil was last year in 2018 and they won 77-25.Just four personnel changes to the Waratahs side that knocked the Crusaders off their perch last weekend with three of those occurring due to Wallaby rest allocations. The aforementioned Mack Mason and Micheal Wells will start in place of Bernard Foley and Jack Dempsey.

Elsewhere Karmicheal Hunt returns at outside centre in place of Adam Ashley-Cooper while the aggressive Lachlan Swinton will join Wells and captain Hooper in a new-look back row. This sees Ned Hanigan shifting into the 2nd row in place of Jed Holloway who is out with a rib injury. Israel Folau’s 112kg younger brother John, is set for his debut after being named as a late inclusion on the bench.

The big news out of the Japanese camp is that disgraced number 8 Amanaki Mafi will not make the trip down under after a visa issue prevented him from entering the country. In other team news Hendrik Tui returns at blindside flanker, while bruising lock Uwe Helu has been promoted to start.
During his time with the Highlanders, Tony Brown believed the Australian Super Rugby franchises were too predictable.

His theory proved to be accurate as the New Zealand sides enjoyed an incredible 40-match winning run over their Australian counterparts in a streak that lasted two years.

However, the Sunwolves head coach said he has seen a vast improvement in the way the game was being played in Australia, with the Waratahs leading the charge in their nation’s development of gameplay tactics.

Speaking on the Fox Rugby Podcast in the lead-up to their clash against the in-form Daryl Gibson-coached side in Newcastle, Brown said it was becoming more difficult to scout Australian outfits due to their implementation of kick-based tactics.

“It’s interesting because when I was with the Highlanders the Australian teams tended to hold the ball for a long time and they always believed that that was the way to win games of rugby,” the 44-year-old said.“I felt as though we always had an advantage there because we just knew what they were going to do, and then you could plan around that and put them under real pressure.

“But, from what’s happened in the last couple of years and definitely the development of the Waratahs’ rugby, their kicking game has become a real weapon for them, and when you’ve got guys like Israel Folau, the aerial game is now a massive part of the Waratahs game as well.“They’ve developed their game hugely in the last couple of years and are actually playing a lot more like the Highlanders did a few years ago.”

Miami Open Tennis

Miami Open Tennis 2019 : The Miami Open known as the Miami Masters and part of the Sunshine Double, is an annual tennis 2019 tournament for men and women now held at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. Before 2019, the tournament was held on hard Miami Open courts at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park in Key Biscayne Florida.

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Roger Federer might make a mistake later this week at the Miami Open presented by Itau, but he hardly did on Thursday night against Kevin Anderson.The three-time Miami champion had everything on full display during his 6-0, 6-4 rout against the sixth seed and looks like the man to beat heading into the final weekend of the ATP Masters 1000 tournament.

Federer brought the cheeky net skills, the crafty slices from side to side and the attacking mindset, and it was all far too much for Anderson, who couldn’t replicate his 2018 Wimbledon comeback and fell to 1-6 in his FedEx ATP Head2Head series against the 27-time Masters 1000 champion.

The 37-year-old Federer moved into his seventh Miami semi-final and 65th final four at a Masters 1000 event. Next, instead of an experienced veteran like the 32-year-old Anderson, he’ll meet someone who spent his childhood watching the Swiss in 19-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov. In the other semi-final, defending champion and seventh seed John Isner, 33, will meet 18-year-old qualifier Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada.

It doesn’t feel that different to when I played Rafa when he was super young, or anybody. Any teenager you play, once I think you’re 23, feels different to playing anybody else, because they come out there, and they might not know all the plays down to the T yet, but they don’t have to, because they just free-swing sometimes, and that makes it particularly dangerous,” Federer said.
“I have always enjoyed playing against teenagers. I think it’s very exciting because of that. 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. They are nice guys. It should be hopefully good semi-finals.”

It will be the first FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting between Shapovalov and Federer. The left-hander came back from a set down for the third time this tournament to win a #NextGenATP battle against 21-year-old American Frances Tiafoe 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-2. Both players have competed at the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan.

The quarter-final had an ominous start for Anderson, who served first. The South African looked unnerved and overhit a backhand long to hand Federer the break.

Coming into the match, he had been broken only three times (34/37) against Spain’s Jaume Munar, Portugal’s No. 1 Joao Sousa and Jordan Thompson of Australia. But Federer would break Anderson that many times in the opening set alone.

Federer landed only 38 per cent of his first serves, but he defended his second serve without problems. Anderson recovered from the 26-minute opening set and the 0-6, 0-2 deficit, breaking Federer to get back on serve at 3-3 in the second.

But the pressure mounted once more at 4-4, and, after a marathon 14-minute game, Federer showed off his craftiness once more. The Swiss cut a slice return to Anderson’s forehand wing that he lunged for and hit, but missed wide, and Federer had his fifth and final break.

In what is usually one of his most successful stretches of the season, top-ranked Novak Djokovic fell short of expectations for the second time this month, losing, 1-6, 7-5, 6-3, to No. 22 Roberto Bautista Agut in the fourth round of the Miami Open on Tuesday afternoon.

After gaining a foothold in the match early in the second set, Bautista Agut endured a 40-minute rain delay before drawing level. After breaking for a 3-1 advantage, Bautista Agut dropped his serve but then broke Djokovic again immediately, extending his lead to 5-2 before the two traded holds to finish the match.

“The key of the match was at the beginning of the second set, no?” Bautista Agut said. “If I wanted to win the match, I had to be very close at the score. Otherwise Novak, when he gets an advantage, he plays really aggressive.”

Indeed, Djokovic had never previously lost a match at the Miami Open after winning the first set, a string of 41 matches.Czech Pliskova, 27, won nine straight games, and 10 of the last 11, to fight back from 5-3 down in the first set.

Halep would have topped the rankings if she had reached the final but Naomi Osaka will stay as world number one.Fifth seed Pliskova will meet Australia’s Ashleigh Barty in the final after she beat Anett Kontaveit.

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Barty, 22, reached the biggest final of her career by winning 6-3 6-3, breaking the Estonian’s serve on five occasions on a rain-interrupted day in Miami.

“It was a very long day, I know we had to wait around but it was an opportunity to drink some coffee and watch the golf so I was relaxed,” she said.

“When I came out I was ready for business. I didn’t start well but I was able to reset and do what I had to do.”Pliskova’s win over Halep had to be stopped twice because of rain, including when the Czech was leading 7-5 5-0.”It wasn’t easy waiting for so long but I managed to stay aggressive,” said Pliskova after their 1am finish.

Isner vs Auger Aliassime

Isner vs Auger Aliassime : A pair of established Isner vs Auger Aliassime veterans battle a pair of Miami Open presented by Itau. Seventh seed and defending champion John Isner takes on Isner vs Auger Aliassime Felix Auger-Aliassime in the day session, while fourth seed Roger Federer John Isner and Felix Auger-Aliassime meet in the semifinals of the 2019 tennis Miami Open.

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Only eight men remain at the ATP Miami Open and Novak Djokovic will not be among them. The World No.1 suffered another earlier exit than anticipated which has the left the door ajar for another unlikely champion on Sunday. With rain halting play in Tuesday’s round of 16 matches, these are the predictions of the two quarterfinal matches scheduled on Wednesday.

We may have to get used to write the name Felix Auger-Aliassime more often than not. The young Canadian has been a breath of fresh air this year with some outstanding results off late. He is set to crack the Top 50 on Monday, becoming the first player born in the 2000s to do so.

What is even more impressive is that he has reached the quarters as a qualifier beating an in-form Hubert Hurkacz and then the 17th seed Nikoloz Basilashvili in his last two matches in straight sets.

His opponent Borna Coric seems to have shaken off a tumultuous start to the year. The Croat suffered an early defeat in Indian Wells which may be a blessing in disguise. Coric will now have the chance to usurp his best performance in Miami if he makes the semis.

On the basis of his displays this week he could have his work cut out again. Auger-Aliassime will be unfazed by the prospect of facing Coric even though it is the Croat who will have big game experience in hand. The 18-year-old tore Stefanos Tsitsipas to shreds in the desert and he is playing such high level tennis which you would not associate to a man his age.

Coric was on the ropes in his first match against Roberto Carballes Baena and if he plays anything close to that he could be in real trouble. Although his level improved, the win over Nick Kyrgios is certainly not a barometer of where his level is at. Auger-Aliassime is on a roll at the moment and I feel this is a very winnable match for him.

If you thought John Isner winning the Miami Open last year was crazy, well, he is on the cusp of doing it for the second straight year. Now, that would be some story. The American has served his way to the quarterfinals without the loss of a set. He has also proven to be the tiebreak King this fortnight winning all five tiebreaks he has played in.

He has averaged 85% of first serve points won in his three matches. As a returner you would ask yourself how can you even break the Isner serve? Well, Bautista Agut could have the answer. The Spaniard had never made it past the round of 16 in Miami and that was largely due to the distinct monopoly of the Big Four in the latter stages of the tournament.

He had to take matters into his own hands once again, this time successfully beating Novak Djokovic, the 6-time champion in Miami with a comeback win in three sets. While Isner may be overly reliant on his serve to dig him out of trouble more often than not, he has such a destructive forehand which earns him a lot of free points. Isner will be hard to beat and with all due respect to Bautista Agut, it will be added motivation for the American in avoiding Djokovic.

Packed Tuesday’s schedule at Hard Rock Stadium brings eight men’s singles fourth-round encounters, with Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer as the leading stars of the day. Before the Serb and the Swiss, the other matches took place in day session and the first quarter-finalists are the defending champion John Isner and the Canadian qualifier Felix Auger-Aliassime.

An 18-year-old has been one of the biggest prospects in the world of tennis in the last couple of years and has already achieved numerous milestones for himself and 2000 generation. Passing two qualifying rounds, Felix scored four main draw wins to book the place in the quarter-final as the first player born in 2000, also the first 18-year-old since Rafael Nadal in 2005!

Super talented prodigy is the youngest Miami quarter-finalist since Andy Roddick in 2001 and the sixth youngest overall at Masters 1000 series after Denis Shapovalov, Michael Chang, Fabrice Santoro, Andy Roddick and Pete Sampras.
Today, Felix took down the 17th seed Nikoloz Basialshvili 7-6, 6-4 in an hour and 36 minutes, fending off six out of eight break points and breaking the more experienced rival thrice to cross the finish line first and book the place in the quarters.

The youngster had 22 winners and 24 unforced errors, leaving Nikoloz on an 18-27 ratio and prevailing with a better performance in the shortest points up to four strokes. The Canadian needed some time to settle into the desired rhythm, repelling three break points in the opening two service games to avoid an early setback, erasing another one at 4-4 with a forehand winner to stay in the opener.

Nikoloz finally found the way to grab a break in the 11th game although it wasn’t to be for him, losing serve in the worst possible moment to set up a tie break that Felix won 7-4 with three mini-breaks after forcing an error from the Georgian.

Carried by this momentum, Felix broke at the start of the second set after a terrible backhand error from Basilashvili who pulled the break back in game six when Auger-Aliassime netted a forehand, leveling the score at 3-3 and extending his chances.

 

Federer vs Shapovalov

Federer vs Shapovalov : Roger Federer praises Denis Shapovalov, Federer vs Shapovalov Felix Auger-Aliassime Tennis 2019 and other  ATP players at Miami Open presented by Itau. here are only two Federer vs Shapovalov rounds left in the Miami Masters, and there are still two Canadians left in the draw. Could we get an all-Canadian final.

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The Canadian guaranteed that he would move to a career-high mark inside the Top 20 on Monday after reaching his third ATP Masters 1000 semi-final with a free-swinging 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-2 win over the American.

For a place in the final, the left-hander faces three-time champion Roger Federer for the first time after the Swiss outclassed sixth seed Kevin Anderson in straight sets. This was Shapovalov’s third Masters 1000 quarter-final, and the teenager has now been victorious on all three occasions (also 2017 Canada and 2018 Madrid).

“It’s definitely a matchup I have been looking forward to, I think, my whole life,” Shapovalov said with a smile. “It’s going to be a dream come true to play him in such a big event over here, and the stakes are so high, semi-final match of a Masters 1000 against your idol. It’s just a dream come true.”

But it did not come easy against 2018 Delray Beach champion Tiafoe, who scratched and clawed. The clash was entertaining throughout, with both players hitting the fuzz off the ball from the baseline and showing their willingness to swoop into net. But Shapovalov’s forehand was the biggest difference-maker on the Grandstand, and the 19-year-old advanced after two hours and 15 minutes.

“It’s tough in the sense that I wish the best for him, and I love seeing him go deep in tournaments and doing as good as possible. But when you’re on the other side, like, for example today when you win, obviously you feel great. But part of me does also feel kind of bad, just in the sense that he couldn’t go on in the tournament,” Shapovalov said of facing a friend in Tiafoe. ”

I know he deserves it as much as I do. He works so hard. He’s such a great person. But in that sense, it’s definitely tough. But I think once we get on the court, once we start playing, it’s just tennis. We just play our sport. We both try to win.”

The key to the match was the end of the second set and the beginning of the decider. Shapovalov led 5-1 in the second set, but Tiafoe appeared to have wrangled back the momentum when he brought it back to 5-4. While he did not earn the set, he found a high level of tennis and almost rode the momentum to a break in the Canadian’s first service game of the third set, forcing the lefty to deuce.

But Shapovalov was able to control rallies with his forehand under pressure, escaping that game. And while Tiafoe came up with unbelievable tennis to save the first three break points he faced in the next game, the 21-year-old hit a backhand into the net to give Shapovalov the advantage.

Shapovalov raised his level even higher the rest of the way. And this time, he did not let slip a double-break lead, saving break point as he served for the match before his big lefty serve overwhelmed Tiafoe on match point.

The butterflies will begin to set in for Shapovalov, who will look to deny Federer his pursuit of a fourth Miami title.

“I’ll try to put on some tennis sunglasses so I don’t see him, so I see blurry or something, or I see someone else on the other side,” Shapovalov joked. “I’m going to try to go about it the same way, and I’m really happy with how the week’s gone so far, so I’m just going to go out there, enjoy myself, just have a good time on the court and give it my all.

That’s all I can ask at this point. Obviously Roger is a really tough opponent, so it’s going to be a really difficult match. I’m just happy to have the chance to play him here in the semis.”

Shapovalov and countryman Felix Auger-Aliassime, who advanced on Wednesday, are the first teenagers to reach the Miami semi-finals in the same year since Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray accomplished the feat in 2017, both at 19.

Tiafoe arrived in Miami having lost five of his previous six matches. But the American found the tennis that helped him to the Australian Open quarter-final two months ago, advancing to his first Masters 1000 quarter-final.
NextGenATP Canadian Denis Shapovalov has already made two ATP Masters 1000 semi-finals, beaten Rafael Nadal, and he is now on the verge of the Top 20 of the ATP Rankings. But the 19-year-old knows he’s not perfect, and that’s what could propel him to the next level.

In Miami last year, Shapovalov defeated home favourite Sam Querrey 7-5 in a third set and pointed at his left forearm, yelling “I’ve got ice in my veins!” You’ll never leave a Shapovalov match feeling that he lacked energy, from his high-flying one-handed backhands to celebratory roars after big points.

The teenager’s coach since the back-end of last season, Rob Steckley, has been working alongside Shapovalov’s Mom, Tessa Shapovalova, on harnessing his charge’s emotions during matches. While many times his fire is a great thing, sometimes it isn’t.

 

 

 

 

Virginia vs. Oregon odds: 2019 March Madness picks, Sweet 16

Virginia vs Oregon Live: 2019 March Madness picks, Sweet 16 predictions from computer model on 11-5 run The only double-digit seed left in the 2019 NCAA Tournament, the No. 12-seeded Oregon Ducks, clash with the top-seed Virginia Cavaliers in the Sweet 16.

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Thursday’s tipoff from the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville is scheduled for 9:59 p.m. ET. The Cavaliers (31-3) opened as 7.5-point favorites and now are laying 8.5 in the latest Oregon vs. Virginia odds, the largest spread of any 2019 NCAA Tournament game on Thursday. The over-under for total points scored is 119.5, the lowest in the Sweet 16. Though they’ve won and covered 10 straight games, the Ducks are just 5-6 straight-up and against the spread when dressing up as underdogs this season, but they’ll be highly motivated with an Elite 8 ticket on the line. Before locking in any Virginia vs. Oregon picks of your own, see the 2019 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 predictions from SportsLine’s Projection Model.

This model, which simulates every game 10,000 times, has raked in the winnings for those following its picks. Over the past two years, the SportsLine Projection Model has returned over $4,000 to $100 players on its top-rated college basketball picks and entered the postseason on a strong 11-5 run on all top-rated college basketball plays. It’s also on fire in the 2019 NCAA Tournament, calling all but two of the Sweet 16 teams this year. Anyone who has followed it is way up.

Now, it has set its sights on Oregon vs. Virginia. We can tell you the model is leaning toward the over, but it also says one side of the spread has all the value. That pick is available only at SportsLine.

The model has factored in Virginia’s season-long brilliance, part of a historic six-year run in which the Cavaliers have been a No. 1 seed four times and a No. 2 seed once. Virginia allows just 55 points per game, the best mark in the entire country, and has more offensive versatility than in past years when the Cavaliers relied on one or two scorers.

De’Andre Hunter (15.2 points per game), Kyle Guy (15.1) and Ty Jerome (13.0) give UVA a trio of dangerous scorers. And even though Guy shot 2-of-15 from the field versus Oklahoma in the second round, and the Cavs still won by 12. Virginia has covered 13 of its last 19 games against winning teams and is a robust 24-10 against the spread this season overall.

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Virginia vs Oregon: Betting Guide: Can Cavaliers Top Ducks’ Defense in 2019 NCAA Tournament? If you just look at the remaining seeds, you could argue we have the 15 best teams in the country left and an ugly duckling in Oregon — the sole remaining team seeded lower than 5. Except there’s nothing ugly about how the 12-seed Ducks are playing right now.

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Winners of 10 straight over the past 30 days, Oregon is as hot as any team in the country. That said, Virginia represents a different type of challenge, a major step-up in competition. Can the Ducks keep their run going against a No. 1 seed — and if not, can they at least keep it close enough to cover?

Let’s take a closer look at the matchup.How Virginia’s Offense Matches Up With Oregon’s Defense The Ducks have been on a quite a run and they’ve been doing it with defense first. Headed into the tournament, they had the most efficient defense in the month of March.

Dana Altman’s club runs a morphing matchup zone that forces teams to work deep into the shot clock and ideally take a low-percentage jumper. It’s a very complex defense that requires everyone on the floor to be on the same page.

Well, Virginia will have no problems working hard (and long) for a look late in the shot clock. The Cavaliers run a motion offense with relentless screening to tirelessly work for the best possible shot. Their offense ranks 351st in Average Possession Length, per KenPom.

The Ducks also force opponents to shoot a ton of 3s, as evidenced by their extremely high 45.1% opponent 3-point rate. In fact, only Virginia Tech forces opponents to shoot more from beyond the arc among all tournament teams. Well, that’s not ideal against a flame-throwing UVA squad that shot better than 40% from deep on the season.

Yes, Oregon’s defense has allowed a 3-point rate of only 29.1%, the sixth-best in the nation. But I think the Ducks have been getting lucky in that department: Elite 3-point defense has not historically been a staple of an Altman defense.

Virginia’s experienced and patient offense is a well-oiled machine that neither man nor zone has been able to slow down this season. The Cavaliers should find the success against Oregon’s D that so many teams have failed to do in March.