Roger Federer prepares for shoot-out with John Isner

Shapovalov reaches the semifinal at the Miami Open

Shapovalov reaches the semifinal at the Miami Open

Roger Federer beat Shapovalov 6-2, 6-4 on Friday to advance to the final at the Miami Open, where he will play No. 7 seed and defending champion John Isner of the United States.

Shapovalov's ranking will move to No. 20, making him only the second Canadian in the 45-year history of the ATP's computer rankings - after Milos Raonic in 2012 - to enter the top-20.

Federer was Shapovalov's favourite player growing up and the Canadian said after his quarterfinal victory on Thursday that it would be a dream come true facing the Swiss legend. I actually really enjoy watching him play.

Three-time champion Roger Federer advanced to the semi-finals of the Miami Open after a straight-set win over Kevin Anderson.

"It's insane for me and Felix to both have reached the semi-finals", Shapovalov said, while Federer called the clash of generations "exciting". That's really good. So I just looked at it like that.

"I practiced with Denis way back, he might have been 16, 17".

He hit just eight winners in response to Federer's 30 but will learn from this. I was, like, 'Wow, it's unbelievable.

Shapovalov - for the first time in the match - managed to string four points together as he prevented Federer from closing out the set on his serve.

Isner, however, had to battle back in both sets against the 18-year-old Canadian, who led 5-3 in each set but was unable to seal the win.

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In the second set, a brilliant backhand victor set up another break chance and when Isner hit long, the Canadian moved 4-2 ahead and superbly held with an ace to extend his advantage.

Federer produced a masterclass at Hard Rock Stadium to leave up-and-coming star Shapovalov, who grew up idolizing the Swiss, chasing shadows during a difficult first set.

The weather certainly could have badly affected Ashleigh Barty's attempt to reach her biggest WTA final with a four hour delay putting her charge on hold.

On the other side of the net, Isner is hoping to add a second Masters 1000 shield to his trophy case with a successful title defence in Miami.

"It was a very long day". He rallied from a break down to get back on serve in the second, before Federer took control at the end.

"When I came out I was ready for business".

And Simona Halep's chance to return to number one in the world fell apart against Karolina Pliskova.

The Canadian displayed understandable nerves early on, a struggle with his first serve proving as much in a 10 minute opening game which he eventually won.

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