Federer fights back to beat Albot in Miami

Pundit reveals the shocking doubts Roger Federer had after Australian Open

Federer, beaten by Dominic Thiem in last week's BNP Paribas Open final, smashed 14 aces and broke Albot twice to advance to the third round but it was far from plain sailing for the 37-year-old against the world number 46.

Roger Federer moved through to the last 16 at the Miami Open after cruising past Serbia's Filip Krajinovic in straight sets on Monday.

The Russian, who is at a career high ranking of 15, saw off American Reilly Opelka 7-6 (7/5) 6-7 (5/7) 7-6 (7/0), and has won four ATP hard-court titles, including three since last August.

Before he takes off for his meeting with Medvedev, the World Number five, Roger Federer revealed his excitement to play on the clay surface month to Tennis Channel, where he will be making a return after three years.

Federer missed a break point opportunity at 4-3, Albot then crashing home a victor to heap the pressure back onto the 37-year-old before brilliantly sealing the first set.

The second set wasn't as competitive, Federer easing 3-0 up as the wind was taken out of the Serb's sails.

In the Women's Singles, Simona Halep claimed her fourth successive win over Venus Williams, beating her 6-3 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals. Qiang beat Wang Yafan 7-5, 6-4.

The towering South African sixth seed, showing no ill-effects from the arm injury that hampered him earlier this year, will be a heavy favorite when he faces unseeded Australian Jordan Thompson, who beat Grigor Dimitrov 7-5 7-5.

"Nowadays I feel like 'look, I gave it all I had".

Bianca Andreescu, the 18-year-old Canadian sensation who won the title in Indian Wells, was forced to withdraw in the second set of her fourth round match with Anett Kontaveit.

On the women's side, eight-time Miami victor Serena Williams withdrew ahead of her scheduled clash with Wang Qiang due to a knee injury.

Andreescu was 1-6, 0-2 down before she retired.

Petra Kvitova booked her place in the last eight.

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