Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime has become the youngest ever in more than three decades to make it to the last-four stage at the Miami Masters. He beat Borna Coric in their quarter-final on Wednesday to get there.
The 18-year-old, who had to play qualifiers to make it to the main draw at the Miami Masters, continued his giant-killing run as he defeated the 11th seeded Croat 7-6, 6-2 in their quarter-final match. He will now take on defending champion John Isner in the semi-final after the American sent Roberto Bautista Agut out in two tie-breakers.
And interestingly, his win over Coric has surprised him the most. He admitted he didn’t think he could win against a player like Coric, many years his senior on the circuit and was aiming to take a set off his opponent.
“Playing Borna, who’s been established for a few years now, I definitely didn’t expect to win. I expected more, a set like in the first. But the second really surprised me. I felt like I had margin over him, had a bit of an edge. I just felt really comfortable out there from the first balls.”
And what makes this run from Felix even more incredible is his record against top 20 players – he’s played five and won all of them, which includes wins over Stefanos Tsitsipas, Fabio Fognini and Nikoloz Basilashvili this season. World number nine Isner will hope to break that run when the two meet in their semi-finals on Friday.
In some of the other matches of the day, Roger Federer overcame the Daniil Medvedev challenge in his fourth round match to make it to the last eight in Miami for the 11th time. He won 6-4, 6-2 in a match that was postponed from Wednesday because of inclement weather.
Federer will now take on Kevin Anderson for a place in the semi-final. His South African opponent had defeated him at the 2018 Wimbledon quarter-final and while Federer avenged that loss with a win at the ATP Finals later in the year.