Miami Open 2017: Roger Federer vs Roberto Bautista Tips & Predictions

The Roger Federer juggernaut rolls on at the Miami Open 2017 as the tennis legend targets yet another ATP masters title this year after clinching the BNP Paribas Open. The Australian Open 2017 champion will take on Roberto Bautista Agut on Tuesday.

Federer entered the round of 16 after a brutal 6-3 6-4 victory over Argentina's Juan Martin del Porto in the previous round. 

It looks like six months break last year owing to a knee injury have given a new lease to his career. The likes of Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka and Del Porto have failed to stop the FedEx so far in 2017.

Spain's Bautista is coming to the match following a hard-fought win over America's Sam Querrey in the previous round. But it will take a herculean effort to edge out Federer. Bautista may have started the year with a championship win in ATP Chennai Open, but that won't count much on this contest.

Federer vs Bautista: Head to head

Total meetings: 5 (Federer won all)

Match schedule

Date: March 28
Time: 8 pm GMT onwards (1.30 am IST [Wednesday])
Venue: Crandon Park Tennis Center, Key Biscayne, Florida.

Roger Federer v Nick Kyrgios: Indian Wells 2017 Quarter Final Preview

After Novak Djokovic’s exit in round four, Indian Wells will have a new champion in 2017 and many will fancy the winner of Roger Federer v Nick Kyrgios to go on to win the first Masters 1000 event of the year.

Rafael Nadal and Sir Andy Murray have already fallen by the wayside and there’s a real opportunity for a first-time winner, with Federer the only man left in the draw to have lifted the trophy.

Here we take a look at the BNP Paribas Open quarter-final tie between Federer and Kyrgios and offer a prediction as to who will come out on top.


Neither man has dropped a set thus far and considering their opponents in the fourth round, that’s mightily impressive.

Kyrgios’ route to this stage has been particularly tough. After beating Horacio Zeballos in round two, he took up-and-coming star Alexander Zverev out in straight sets before putting Djokovic to the sword.


R1: Bye
R2: Zeballos 6-3 6-4
R3: Zverev 6-3 6-4
R4: Djokovic 6-4 7-6


R1: Bye
R2: Robert 6-2 6-1
R3: Johnson: 7-6 7-6
R4: Nadal: 6-2 6-3

Federer eased past Stephane Robert in his opening match but was forced to work hard against American Steve Johnson in the third round.

His performance against Nadal in round four was simply superb and he will join Kyrgios in brimming in confidence heading into this one.

There aren’t too many men who boast a winning record against Federer but Kyrgios is one of them – for now at least.

In fairness, they’ve only played once, with Kyrgios coming out on top at the Madrid Masters in 2015.
On that day, each set went to a tiebreak, with the Aussie eventually winning 6-7 (7-2) 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (14-12).

Kyrgios is on his best run at the event, having never previously gone beyond the second round but this is very familiar territory for the 18-time Grand Slam champion Federer.

The 35-year-old is a four-time winner, having won in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2012.

Roger Federer Vs Rafael Nadal Indian Wells Highlights 2017

Roger Federer defeated Rafael Nadal (6-2, 6-3) in the Round of 16 at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Wednesday.

Roger Federer of Switzerland celabrates his win against Rafael Nadal of Spain after their match at the 2017 BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California, USA, 15 March 2017

Roger Federer Vs Rafael Nadal Indian Wells Highlights 2017

Roger Federer of Switzerland (R) hugs Rafael Nadal of Spain (L) after his win in their match at the 2017 BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California, USA, 15 March 2017.

Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts after a missed shot against Roger Federer of Switzerland in their match at the 2017 BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California, USA, 15 March 2017.

Rafael Nadal, of Spain, reacts after winning a game against Roger Federer, of Switzerland, at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, March 15, 2017, in Indian Wells, Calif.

Roger Federer Vs Rafael Nadal Indian Wells Highlights 2017

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Why tennis is no longer the number one priority for Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic has admitted that prior to his son’s birth, tennis was his number one priority, but now it is completely opposite and his focus has shifted to his family.

Djokovic, became a father in October 2014 when his wife Jelena gave birth to his son Stefan.

“Tennis was my number one priority when Stefan was not born. Now it’s completely opposite,” Sport24 quoted Djokovic as saying.

Novak Djokovic

“I have a son, a wife, a family, and I am extremely grateful for the blessing of being a father.”

“I’m at the stage where I’m trying to be the best possible husband, father and tennis player. It is challenging, but not impossible. Everyone is trying to be the best version of themselves. That’s the case with me as well,” he added.

The 29-year-old Serb admitted despite trying his best, he cannot be at 100 percent every day in each role.

“At the same time, I cannot be at 100 percent every day in each role, although I try to give my best. I cannot give as much anybody else expects of me. But, I can always give as much of I expect from myself,” he said.

The Serb lost the top spot in the ATP rankings to Britain’s Andy Murray last year and has been struggling of late since his last grand slam success at the French Open last year.

The World No. 2 also said that he has no plans of ending his tennis playing days anytime soon, though.

“I continue to play tennis with the same passion and love that I had when I picked up the racquet for the first time in my hands. Tennis makes me strong and gives me great emotions and as long as I feel it, I’ll continue to play,” he said.

He also said one of his goals is to retain the numero one spot, however, it is not his main priority.

“I want to improve and have a long career. I don’t see myself ending my career anytime soon, although I’ll be 30-years-old,” he said.

“I have a lot to accomplish, and a lot to prove to myself and others. But, consciously taking into account all the other things going in my life, I cannot separate myself professionally, as a tennis player, and privately, as a father and a husband, son, brother, friend. This all makes me complete as a person,” he added.

The U.S. Open Series will not get another title sponsor, according to Stacey Allaster

The U.S. Open Series will not get another title sponsor, according to Stacey Allaster. (AP)

Emirates airlines has decided to drop its role as the title sponsor of the U.S. Open Series, the SportsBusiness Journal has reported. It will transfer its attention to TV and the U.S. Open.

Emirates, which signed a seven-year deal to become the title sponsor in 2012, will pay the same multimillion dollar amount but instead become the naming rights sponsor of Hawk-Eye replays during Series tournaments and have more prominence during the U.S. Open.

The USTA will also still make the same payments to tournaments under the agreement, which are about $250,000 on average, according to SBJ. But it will stop bonus payments to players for their performance during the Series, which provided players with increased winnings at the U.S. Open.

The Series will not get another title sponsor, but will instead promote its youth tennis initiatives, said Stacey Allaster, the USTA’s CEO of pro tennis.

“We want to use pro tennis in the United States to get more kids on the court," Allaster told SBJ.

Emirates did not comment on the adjustments in its sponsorship deal.


Net Worth

15 Million

Swiss professional tennis player and World No. 1, Roger Federer has an estimated net worth of $400 million in 2016. His 17 Grand Slam singles titles have made him the dominant men’s player of his time and one of the greatest of all time.


Roger Federer held the ATP No. 1 position for a record 237 consecutive weeks from 2 February 2004 to 18 August 2008. Arguably the greatest tennis player ever, the Federer era may be nearing its end. He has been passed by both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in the rankings.

Federer still commands the most impressive endorsement portfolio in all of sports with 10 major deals including Nike, Credit Suisse, Rolex and Wilson. He was the only one of Gillette’s original 3 “Champions” to have his deal renewed in 2011 as the brand dropped Tiger Woods and Thierry Henry. Collectively he earns more than $30 million annually from endorsements. He holds the records for most singles Grand Slam wins (17) and career prize money ($70 million). He appeared in a staggering 18 out of 19 Grand Slam finals between 2005 and 2010.

Career prize money: $71,126,377

Current ranking: #1 (9 July 2012)

Annual earnings according to Forbes: May 2011 to May 2012 Earnings: $52 Million

May 2010 to May 2011 Earnings: $47 Million

May 2009 to May 2010 Earnings: $43 Million

May 2007 to May 2008 Earnings: $35 Million

May 2006 to May 2007 Earnings: $29 Million

Wimbledon Tennis Dates 2017 Announcement

WIMBLEDON is probably the last thing on your mind at this time of year.

With ticket ballots now closed, there are still other ways you can make the famous tournament which takes place in July, 2017.

We have all the information ahead of Wimbledon 2017.

Wimbledon Tennis Dates 2017

When is Wimbledon 2017?

The tournament starts on Monday 3rd July and finishes on Sunday 16th July.

The men’s singles final and the mixed doubles final will held on the final day.

Whereas the ladies’ singles final and both the men’s and ladies’ doubles final are both held on the Saturday 15th.

When is the draw for Wimbledon?

The draw for the first round usually takes place a few days before the start of the tournament.

Depending on who is number one seed, they will be at the opposite end of the draw to the World No.2.

As the tournament gets under way on July 3, the draw will be held around July 1.

What TV channel will be showing Wimbledon live?

The BBC is the host broadcaster and will therefore be showing live tennis throughout the tournament.

What are the latest Wimbledon odds?

Novak Djokovic heads the betting as early favourite at 5/4 with Sun Bets. (get the latest)

Britain's Andy Murray is close behind at 6/4 whilst Milos Raonic can be backed at 10/1.

For the women Serena Williams is 6/4 whilst her closest challengers are Garbine Muguruza and Maria Sharapova at a combined 8/1.

How much are tickets?

The cheapest singles tickets are for the ground courts at £25.

Men's final tickets will set you back £190.

How do I apply for Wimbledon 2017 tickets?

The 2017 public ballot entry is now shut, but there's no need to panic as tickets can still be purchased.

Return tickets for centre court and No.3 Court will go on sale with Ticketmaster at around 48 hours before the day of play.

Reserved seating tickets will go on sale each morning at 9:00am for the following day's play.

The final option is the famous queue. A number of cash only tickets are held back on Centre Court, Court 1 and Court 2 for those who camp out the night before or arrive in the early hours.

If you applied for a ticket via the ballot, then successful applicants will be notified from February 2017.

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Rafael and Toni Nadal to end tennis' most successful partnership

It's one of the most familiar scenes in tennis -- Uncle Toni rising from his seat to cheer on Rafael Nadal.

But from 2018, one of the most successful player-coach partnerships in the game will become a rarer sight as Toni Nadal has decided to stop accompanying his nephew to tournaments.

"He wants to spend more time with his family and at the academy," Rafael Nadal's spokesman Benito Perez-Barbadillo told CNN in a phone interview Wednesday.

Rafael's old friend and former Roland Garros winner Carlos Moya and former tennis pro Francisco Roig will take the reins full time, with Toni available if needed.

Toni Nadal, who is 57 years old and has three young children, is the director of the Rafa Nadal Tennis Aacademy, which opened last fall on the Spanish island of Mallorca. It currently has 75 children enrolled.

"There is a bigger team in place and Toni feels it's better to focus on something else, such as the academy, rather than traveling," Perez-Barbadillo said. 

"It's a hard life, the traveling."

Golden slam

The partnership between Rafael and Toni began in the town of Manacor, Mallorca when the now 30-year-old Rafael was just four.

Although Rafael was naturally right-handed, his uncle persuaded him to play left-handed, believing it offered him an advantage.

Under Toni's guidance, Rafael became one of the most physically fit and mentally strong players on the men's Tour. His breakthrough came in 2005, when he won the first of a record nine French Open championships at the age of just 19.

Nadal has amassed 69 singles titles, including 14 grand slam championships, and occupied the No. 1 ranking for 141 weeks. In 2010, Nadal became only the second man after Andre Agassi to complete the career Golden Slam of all four major tennis tournaments and Olympic gold when he won his first US Open.

Rafael won his last grand slam at the 2014 French Open, his fifth Roland Garros title in a row.

Having been written off by many after an injury-plagued 2016, Nadal reached the final of last month's Australian Open, where he lost to his long-time rival Roger Federer.

'Good hands'

Although Toni has decided not to travel with Rafael full-time from next year, he will make himself available whenever his nephew needs him, Perez-Barbadillo said.

Just like in previous years, Roig will accompany Nadal at the start of the US hard court swing in Indian Wells in March, while Toni will join him at the next event in Miami before they head to Monte Carlo for the season's first clay-court event.

"There is no split, no rupture," Perez-Barbadillo said. "It's all very natural and organic."

Toni Nadal told Spanish newspaper El Espanol earlier this week: "Rafa is in good hands.

"I have been thinking this thoroughly. It's the right time to do it," Nadal told the paper. "It has been a very long journey, loads of seasons. If instead of my nephew, I had coached somebody else, I would have stepped down much earlier."