Baseline: April 3 tennis report

Tennis: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal both continue their renaissance seasons at the Miami Open, with Federer prevailing again. On the women’s side, Johanna Konta reached a new plateau.

By Andrea Leand, PSN analyst

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BACKHANDS

ATP TOUR: Miami Open

Final: Roger Federer def. Rafael Nadal, 6-3, 6-4

Semifinals: Federer def. Nick Kyrgios, 7-6 (9), 6-7 (9), 7-6 (5); Nadal def. Fabio Fognini, 6-1, 7-5

  • Federer adds his second Masters 1000 title this year to his victories at the BNP Paribas Open and Australian Open to rise to No. 4 in the world. The 35-year-old Swiss survived a match point against Tomas Berdych to win their quarterfinal match, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (6), and deficits against a surging Kyrgios before blowing past nemesis Nadal for the third consecutive time.
  • Federer, who returned this year after a six-month injury layoff, confirmed he will skip the primary claycourt season but plans to play the French Open with an eye to peaking at Wimbledon.
  • In his third final of the year, Nadal will rise to No.5 and plans to play a full claycourt season.
  • Kyrgios provided the most exciting moments of the event with hard-fought victories over Ivo Karlovic (third round), No. 8 seed David Goffin (fourth round) and Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals before nudged by Federer. Kyrgios served for the match against Federer in a third-set tiebreak at 5-4.
  • Kyrgios will move to No. 16 in the new rankings and Zverev, who outlasted a fatigued No.1 seed Stan Wawrinka in the fourth round, will rank No.20.
  • Fognini scored his biggest upset this year by taking out an injured No.2 seed Kei Nishikori 6-4, 6-2 in the quarterfinals. Nishikori expects to recover from his wrist injury for the claycourt season but will drop to No.7.
  • Jack Sock reached his fourth straight Masters 1000 quarterfinals – the first American to do that since Andre Agassi in 1999 – and will stay at No.15. He also , reached the doubles final with Nick Monroe.

WTA TOUR: Miami Open

Final: Johanna Konta def. Caroline Wozniacki, 6-4, 6-3

Semifinals: Konta def. Venus Williams, 6-4, 7-5; Wozniacki upset Karolina Pliskova, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1

  • Konta became the first Brit to win a WTA mandatory premiere event and will rise to a career high of No.7 with her second title of the year. The 25-year-old player, who spent seven years in the sport’s lesser circuits before jumping into the top 10 in the past year, upset third seed Simona Halep (quarterfinals) and No.11 seed Williams (semifinals) before downing the Dane for the second time this year.
  • Wozniacki reached her third final of the year with victories over an out-of-sorts No.6 seed Garbine Muguruza – who retired from their fourth-round match – Lucie Safarova and No.2 seed Karolina Pliskova 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 (semifinals). Wozniacki, who dropped to No.74 while out four months last year with injury, will move to No.12.
  • Williams, age 36, supplied the most sentimental moments as her father, Richard, watched courtside for the first time in a year after his recovery from a stroke. She upset No.7 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova (fourth round) and top seed Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3 (quarterfinals) to score a semifinal finish and No.10 ranking.

FOREHANDS

DAVIS CUP: France vs. Great Britain

  • Site: Rouen, France

DAVIS CUP: Belgium vs. Italy

  • Site: Charleroi, Belgium

DAVIS CUP: Australia vs. United States

  • Site: Brisbane, Australia

DAVIS CUP: Serbia vs. Spain

  • Site: Belgrade, Serbia

WTA TOUR: Volvo Car Open

  • Site: Charleston, S.C.
  • Top seed: Madison Keys

WTA TOUR: Abierto Monterrey

  • Site: Monterrey, Mexico
  • Top seed: Angelique Kerber
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