"It's going to be, I think, a good match", Pliskova said of the looming matchup with Halep. I highlighted yesterday that Federer has had considerable success on the South African's serve in previous meetings and this continued on Thursday night.
Isner gained the early mini-break in the second set tiebreak and remained accurate behind his big serve to reach the final.
"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. So it will be interesting to see how it's going to go", he added.
Federer's fourth-round contest had been scheduled for Tuesday but was moved due to rain, giving the 37-year-old Swiss little time to recover before facing the hard-hitting Anderson, who was a 7-5 victor over Australian Jordan Thompson.
There were only 27 minutes on the clock when Federer, whose backhand slice in particular was causing Anderson all manner of problems, broke in the first game of the second.
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Long rallies, short rallies, Federer was in control and in a comfort zone against the Medvedev who is 14 years junior.
Barty is the first Australian - male or female - to reach a final in Miami.
Tomorrow in the semifinals, Isner will take on the Canadian phenom Felix Auger-Aliassime who continues to bust out.
In the evening session, 18-year-old Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime beat Croatia's Borna Coric 7-6 (7-3) 6-2 to become the youngest ever Miami Open semi-finalist.
"It was a very long day, I know we had to wait around but it was an opportunity to drink some coffee and watch the golf so I was relaxed", said Barty. "I didn't start well but I was able to reset and do what I had to do".
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The 20th seed booked his place in the last four with a 6-7 (5) 6-4 6-2 win over Frances Tiafoe.
Halep only needs to qualify for Saturday's final to knock Japan's Naomi Osaka off the top women's rankings.
In the second set when leading 5-3 and with serve, Auger-Aliassime fought off one break point before missing a swinging volley, giving Isner the key break. One of the perks of the job was that Tiafoe and his twin brother, Franklin, got free tennis lessons. "It's more important to finish the year in that position", said the number two seed. "I'm very happy how I played today, especially in that spell".
The straight sets win, in 77 minutes, means Barty will have the chance to record her fourth WTA title, when she plays either Simona Halep or Karolina Pliskova in the final.
"I just found out from my coach that I need one more match to be No. 1 again", Halep said.
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