Federer beats US teen in Miami opener

(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) Roger Federer kept waving in apology, twice after he dribbled winners off the net cord and once when he slammed a volley that nearly knocked his opponent down.

Afterward Federer praised 19-year-old American qualifier Frances Tiafoe, who acquitted himself well before a near-capacity stadium crowd at the Miami Open. But there are limits to Federer's politeness, and he beat Tiafoe 7-6 (2), 6-3 Saturday.

Returning to the tournament after a two-year absence, Federer took the lead with a flawless tiebreaker and gradually pulled away from Tiafoe.

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