Federer cruises on while Halep advances to semis of Miami Open

"I thought it was an interesting match", Federer said. "Today's match, I can be really happy with so I hope it's going to give me some confidence for tomorrow".

But serving at 5-4, Auger-Aliassime had three double-faults, leading to a tiebreak dominated by Isner.

"It's definitely a matchup I have been looking forward to my whole life", he said.

"I believe that probably the best surface for him is this kind of a type of hard court here in the states, where he's spent a lot of his time practicing, as well", Federer said.

Defending champion John Isner came out on the winning side of two tie-breakers in his afternoon battle with Roberto Bautista Agut to advance 7-6 (1) 7-6 (5) to the semi-finals of the tournament, where he has yet to drop a set.

"Night, it's ideal for me", Pliskova said. He recorded just the third and fourth breaks against Isner all tournament, but couldn't put him away.

The men's quarterfinals were also going on Thursday night, with fourth-seeded Roger Federer facing sixth-seeded Kevin Anderson - the victor of that match set to next meet the victor of the other remaining quarter between 20th-seeded Denis Shapovalov and 28th-seeded Frances Tiafoe.

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Federer invited Auger-Aliassime to train with him in Dubai past year, and said he loves Shapovalov's forehand and attitude. "I got a bit lucky there at the end".

In the second set when leading 5-3, Auger-Aliassime fought off one break point before missing a swinging volley, putting the American back on serve.

Isner got the first point for a mini-break in the second tiebreak and never trailed.

Despite his defeat, Auger-Aliassime will see his ranking jump from 55 to 33 in the world next week. After waiting about an hour for the rain to stop and the court to be dried, she needed only four more minutes of play and finished out the match at 1:11 a.m. - or 6:11 a.m. Friday in her native Czech Republic; 7:11 a.m. Friday in Halep's native Romania. I expected more, a set like in the first. "That's not what I wanted to do but maybe what it took". Last year, he became the youngest player in 13 years to break the Top 30. "But I think I'm feeling really good".

The 18-year-old from Montreal struggled with Isner's powerful serve and lost the match 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4). "I said before the tournament the chances were I would not defend my title".

Barty will now try to notch the biggest title of her career when she faces the victor of the late semifinal between No.2 seed Simona Halep of Romania and No.5 seed Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic. "But if I do it, I will be very proud".

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