Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime falls to Isner in Miami Open semifinal

Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime falls to Isner in Miami Open semifinal

"I can go in there and play with freedom and try to play my best tennis", Barty said. But in the next game, the first of multiple rain delays occurred, and after a brief hiatus, Barty came back more aggressive and broke to get the set back on serve.

That was also her approach to a very long - and very wet - day at Hard Rock Stadium.

Barty is the first Australian - male or female - to reach a final in Miami.

Next up in the biggest final of her singles career: Either second-seeded Simona Halep or fifth-seeded Karolina Pliskova, who were scheduled to play late Thursday night. As a fairly serve-orientated player himself, Shapovalov is going to have to perform very well indeed to threaten the Swiss man's serve today.

The first semi-final takes place at 17:00 United Kingdom time tonight with defending champion John Isner a [1.60] favourite over Felix Auger-Aliassime, who has hugely impressed in this tournament.

"It's really great to see him doing well".

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. Get Roger Federer v Kevin Anderson live streaming options here. "I am looking forward to watching them slug it out in the future while I am sat on the couch". "It'll be a joy to watch because not only are they great, great players but they're good people, too". "It's going to be a really interesting year with these young guys - and these two both from Canada".

The fourth seed will face South African Kevin Anderson in the last eight.

Auger-Aliassime, 18, became the youngest-ever Miami semi-finalist after seeing off world No. 13 Borna Coric 7-6 (7/3) 6-2.

Isner, 15 years older and six inches (15.24 cm) taller than his rival, had only been broken twice in 48 service games at Miami and it wasn't long before the youngster realized what makes his booming serve so hard to break down.

"It doesn't mean everything to get back to number one".

"You still have kind of the legends, Roger, Rafa, still there on top, but you have a lot of newcomers with talent kind of gunning for them", he said "Every week it feels like someone new is making a breakthrough and playing well".

"Pretty insane. Everyone is super excited back home", said Auger-Aliassime, who wasn't in the top 100 of the world rankings two months ago and now will climb to No. 33 next week - if not higher.

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