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Federer seeded above Nadal at Wimbeldon

Roger Federer has been seeded ahead of great rival Rafael Nadal for his 21st appearance at Wimbledon. Credit: PA

Roger Federer has been seeded ahead of great rival Rafael Nadal for his 21st appearance at Wimbledon.

Wimbledon is unique among the grand slams in having a formula to calculate seedings giving weight to grass-court performances, and Federer will be the number two seed and Nadal three in a reversal of their world ranking positions.

That means Nadal, who was critical of the system in an interview with Spanish TV on Tuesday, is guaranteed to be in the same half of the draw as either Federer or top seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic.

Federer books semi-final with Shapovalov at Miami Open

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Roger Federer moved into the Miami Open semi-finals with a straightforward victory over Kevin Anderson.

Three-time champion Federer beat 20th seed Anderson 6-0 6-4 in a match lasting just under an hour and a half.

The 37-year-old struck with the first break in the opening game and twice more en route to taking the first set in 26 minutes.

Anderson's nervy start continued into the second set where he went 2-0 down, but the South African recovered to apply the pressure and level the set at 4-4.

A marathon 14-minute game followed but Federer used all his experience to grab the break - his fifth of the match - and serve out to love for the victory.

The fourth seed will now face 19-year-old Denis Shapovalov.

The 20th seed booked his place in the last four with a 6-7 (5) 6-4 6-2 win over Frances Tiafoe.

After dropping the first set in a tiebreaker, Shapovalov almost let a double-break lead slide in the second but held on before breaking his American opponent twice in the third to earn the win after more than two hours on court.

Federer eases into Miami Open quarter-finals

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Roger Federer moved into the Miami Open quarter-finals with a straight-sets victory over Daniil Medvedev.

Three-time champion Federer beat 13th seed Medvedev 6-4 6-2 in a rain-delayed clash carried over from the previous day.

The 37-year-old struck with the first break of the opening set at 4-4 before recovering from 40-0 down to win the next game.

Federer then broke his Russian opponent again in the opening game of the second set, and for a third time at 4-2 up, en route to completing victory in just over an hour.

The fourth seed will face South African Kevin Anderson in the last eight.

Federer cruises into fourth round of Miami Open

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Three-time Miami Open winner Roger Federer is through to the fourth round of this year's event after beating Filip Krajinovic 7-5 6-3.

The Swiss world number five, who is the fourth seed in Florida, served up 14 aces in a dominant performance to set up a meeting with Daniil Medvedev.

Federer and his Serbian opponent exchanged breaks of serve early in the first set, with the 20-time grand slam winner taking a set-clinching break at 6-5.

He took an early break in the second set, for 2-0, before going on to serve out the match after just over 90 minutes on court.

Medvedev was made to work harder for his win, spending nearly two-and-a-half hours on court with Reilly Opelka and prevailing 7-6 (5) 6-7 (5) 7-6 (0).

Australian Jordan Thompson, world number 77, knocked out 24th seed Grigor Dimitrov 7-5 7-5 and goes on to face Kevin Anderson, who saw off Joao Sousa 6-4 7-6 (6).

Denis Shapovalov took less than 30 minutes to go a set up, but needed a further hour to finish off Andrey Rublev 6-3 7-6 (5), while David Goffin beat 14th seed Marco Cecchinato 6-4 6-4 and Frances Tiafoe got the better of David Ferrer 5-7 6-3 6-3.

Australian Open semi-finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas also progressed, beating Leonardo Mayer 6-4 6-4.


Federer to make clay court comeback in Madrid

Federer hasn't competed at the French Open since 2015. Credit: PA

Roger Federer will play on clay at the Madrid Open in May, the tournament has announced.

Federer has skipped the entire clay swing for the last two years but revealed after losing in the fourth round of the Australian Open to Stefanos Tsitsipas last month that he would return to the surface this season.

The rest of the Swiss star's schedule has yet to be revealed but Madrid is an obvious choice given he is a three-time champion and the relatively high altitude makes it significantly faster than other clay events.

Tournament director Feliciano Lopez said: "Federer is one of the best players of all time, it's no secret.

"We are happy because his return to Madrid is a gift to the tournament, but above all the fans will be able to see a unique player in the Caja Magica. Having the Swiss player back on clay with (Novak) Djokovic and (Rafael) Nadal is going to be unmissable."

Federer, who has slipped to seventh in the rankings, is set to play at the French Open for the first time since 2015.

Toni Nadal does not expect to see a grand slam title for Federer in 2019

Toni Nadal expects a grand slam title to prove beyond Roger Federer in 2019. Credit: PA

Toni Nadal expects a grand slam title to prove beyond Roger Federer in 2019.

The Swiss extended his all-time men's record to 20 slam victories by winning the Australian Open in January but suffered some unexpected losses during the rest of the season, finishing it ranked third.

Nadal, the long-time former coach of his nephew Rafael, believes the physical demands of best-of-five-set test are likely to put the majors out of reach for 37-year-old Federer.

Writing in his column in El Pais, Nadal said: "What can we expect from 2019? I find it hard to see Federer lifting another grand slam cup.

"Obviously, I do not say it for his game, although I do say it for the toughness of the five-set tournaments. I have to confess that I said that on other occasions and the Swiss, repeatedly, surprised me."

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