Federer, Murray Coast Into Miami Sweet 16; Stephens Gets Slapped By Wozniacki
by Staff | March 23rd, 2014, 11:21 pm
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Former champions Roger Federer and Andy Murray enjoyed a light workout on Sunday at the Sony Open in Miami. Defending champion Murray briskly took care of Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 6-1.

Murray is no longer coached by Ivan Lendl but the Czech tennis great was in the stands in support of his former charge.

“I moved well [and] returned well,” said Murray who is now 9-0 against the man his mum Judy calls “Deliciano”. “It’s not always that easy to feel comfortable against him because there is not [a lot] of rhythm with the way he plays.”

Murray moves on to face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Monday. The Frenchman was a 3-set winner over Marcos Baghdatis in a battle of former Australian Open finalists.

Following Murray it was Federer’s turn to give a lesson on Stadium. And the Swiss did just that pounding Dutchman Thiemo De Bakker 6-3, 6-3.

Federer’s win was his 21st of the season, most on the tour in 2014. And he’s won 13 of his last 14 matches. Next for the Swiss is the original Baby Fed, Richard Gasquet.

“We have played many times now and I’m not sure how he’s playing right now,” said Federer of Gasquet. “I have to find a little bit. He’s got great game [and] gives himself time, sort of that extra second of time on each shot – forehand and backhand.

“He’s a good all around player. With the wind and the slower conditions, it works quite well for him. I think it’s going to be a tough match for me.”


In other matches, Kei Nishikori ended Grigor Dimitrov’s Spring hardcourt season 7-6, 7-5. David Ferrer was an easy winner and Tommy Robredo also advanced.

In the women’s draw, Li Na toughed out Madison Keys 7-6, 6-3. Former champion Venus Williams was also a winner as were Agnieszka Radwanska and Varvara Lepchenko.

In the night match, the Caroline Wozniacki-Sloane Stephens match fell flat as the Dane dominated in a blowout 6-1, 6-0 victory. The 16th-ranked Stephens came in higher ranked than Wozniacki by two spots, but she won just five total points in the second set.

“Just got my butt kicked, that’s about it really,” Stephens said. “I tried a lot of things, and it just wasn’t my night. It was disappointing. Just didn’t click for me.”

On tap on Monday, Rafael Nadal resumes his bid for a first Miami title against Denis Istomin. The women will play their full 8-match fourth round featuring both Serena and Venus and Maria Sharapova.

MONDAY MIAMI SCHEDULE

STADIUM start 11:00 am
WTA – [4] M Sharapova (RUS) vs [19] K Flipkens (BEL)
WTA – [1] S Williams (USA) vs [Q] C Vandeweghe (USA)
ATP – [3] S Wawrinka (SUI) vs E Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
ATP – [1] R Nadal (ESP) vs D Istomin (UZB)

Not Before 7:30 pm
ATP – [10] J Isner (USA) vs [18] N Almagro (ESP)

Not Before 9:00 pm
WTA – [29] V Williams (USA) vs [10] D Cibulkova (SVK)

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
ATP – [12] M Raonic (CAN) vs G Garcia-Lopez (ESP)
ATP – [22] A Dolgopolov (UKR) vs [LL] D Lajovic (SRB)

Not Before 3:00 pm
WTA – [12] A Ivanovic (SRB) vs [8] P Kvitova (CZE)
ATP – R Bautista Agut (ESP) vs [14] F Fognini (ITA)
ATP – J Sousa (POR) vs [7] T Berdych (CZE)


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48 Comments for Federer, Murray Coast Into Miami Sweet 16; Stephens Gets Slapped By Wozniacki

DC Says:

If Fed wins the round of 16, he will be no 4 by march end.

Fed and Ferrer are seperated by 145 points. Ferrer reached the finals of miami in 2013, Fed did not play in Miami.

Fed has a good chance of getting back to no 3. There isnt much that separates him and the current no 3.

Come on Fed..get back to number 1 now.


skeezer Says:

@DC
Take in mind he is comng from #8!

#allgravy


skeezer Says:

“mum Judy calls β€œDeliciano”.
#Issheacougar?


Okiegal Says:

@Skeezer

Maybe?? Andy laughed about her comment, but he acted a little embarrassed, I thought.


Mr. Larvey Says:

@DC,

There is a chance that Ferrer wins the tournament and gains 400 points. In that case Fed won’t overtake him in rankings.


Hippy Chic Says:

That was some choke by Baggy against Tsonga yesterday,hey Sean and Staff how about a thread on the biggest chokes in tennis eh?


Hippy Chic Says:

Skeezer/Okiegal Judy is definetly a cougar,but i agree with her,you can add me to that list,on second thoughts i should maybe be the tennis x groupie lol.


Okiegal Says:

@Chic

I think Judy is rather funny. If she is a cougar, she has good taste in men…….as I commented above, hubba hubba!! I think he is the most handsome of all the male players. Love his new hair do and scruffy facial hair. I don’t think I have ever read where he has a girlfriend. He acts like he might be a little stuck on himself…understandable!!!!


metan Says:

According to staff, the original baby fed is Richard Gasquet, so Dimitrov is the faky baby fed, no. Hahahaa. It is not a surprised that he doesnt like to be compared. Immitation. πŸ˜„


madmax Says:

Well done to Fed. Keeps on the fed express. Amazing. I have only been able to stream one match, seems getting the stream is proving difficult.

Can’t wait for the next match!

Allez Federer!

Vamos!


Colin Says:

I wasn’t able to watch Andy’s match except for the first few games, but did you notice, in the shot of Lendl during the warm-up, how unusually animated he was, talking to Dani Valverdu?

I imagine Ivan will keep in touch with the Murray camp, and since he won’t be coaching another individual, there’s no reason he shouldn’t pass on advice. Of course it won’t be the same as his impassive presence, but he can still help Andy. Having said that, as and when Andy gets a new coach he (or she?) might resent outside input.

As for Judy-the-Cougar, I love to hear her speak. I always liked the Scots accent in a woman, and she has an attractively low-pitched voice.

By the way. Murray senior bears quite a resemblance to my own late father (born 112 years ago!)

Also by the way, if Andy were to break with tradition and choose a female coach, I think we can safely say it wouldn’t be Virginia Wade!


Genuine Says:

After that non-performance, Stephens should go into hiding for a while. Wozniacki played safe and STILL annihilated Stephens. Come on, Stephens. Even Madison Keys gave 2 time grand slam champion Li Na a contested match. I suppose Stephens only get psyched for a match if it is against fellow American and 17 time grand slam champion Serena Williams. I’m STILL shaking my head.


Genuine Says:

A major CONGRATS to Fed. I’m hoping he is back. He has been missed.


Perfect fan Says:

@ Genuine at 9:14 am,

TBH, I literally rubbed my eyes twice to check that scoreline btwn stephens and woz….I have been a great admirer of SS since seeing her play and its rly tough to believe that she got destroyed by woz….common woz! I have seen woz play a lot of times and her game never excited me (no offence to her fans)….meaning her game is good but not destructive as the score suggests and that too against SS. Sure, SS mus be struggling with one or the other thing, time will say.


Genuine Says:

@ metan …LOL. I wish they would stop comparing Sharapova’s ‘Bulgarian hand bag’ to Federer. Well, until he start winning something at least. As of now, he is a mere imitator, as Roger Federer is still in a league of his own.


Gordon Says:

Here is an interesting article comparing the spin that Nadal and Federer put on their topspin and backhand. Perhaps you’ve seen this (It’s from 2012) but I stumbled across it and found it interesting. Don’t be fooled by the title; it is quite an objective piece.

http://www.fawcette.net/2012/02/federer-hits-with-more-spin-than-nadal-.html%20


skeezer Says:

@Gordon,
Excellent read, thanks! The spin that Fed can put underneath the ball with control always amazes me.


Hippy Chic Says:

Pefect Fan Woz never excites you as a player?no me niether,she loves a good scrap i will say that about her though,but her game is all about keeping the ball in play,and not doing anything with it,she has no big weapons either,her work ethic is very good though.


Hippy Chic Says:

Colin how about Marina Navratilova? surely an interesting choice dont you think?and is it me or does Judy have a look of Isla Sinclair?


Hippy Chic Says:

Genuine lol on the Bulgarian handbag bit,but oh so true..


Hippy Chic Says:

Okiegal Lopez is indeed a very sexy guy,but i love Fabio hes just gorgeous,and IMO the hottest guy on tour,and if hes a headcase then we would be well suited anyway lol,anyway looking forward to Rafa v Istomin,and i hope he plays like he did against Hewitt,but i hope hes aggressive and goes for his shots too,like he did last year on the HCs.


Okiegal Says:

@Chic

I’m so ready for the match……Hope he plays well. Istomin has caused him problems before, however. His match against Rusty told me his back issue has to be better. Kudos to Rusty for still giving tennis a go. Wow, he’s had his share too. I’ve always liked him and his style of play and he beat Fed lately too. That really did shock me.


Patson Says:

The simple act of picking up the tennis racket when he was 8 made Federer the greatest. All the master and the grandslam he won later ; that’s all gravy baby.


Colin Says:

Hippy Chic. To show you how disconnected from society I am, I didn’t know who Isla Sinclair was! I looked her up, and yes, there is a resemblance.

I haven’t watched TV since January 2005, I never watched game shows anyway, and I’m not a fan of folk music, so she’s never come to my attention.

Navratilova might well make someone a good coach, but they’d have to “click” as Andy and Ivan did, otherwise it wouldn’t last long, she having a strong personality. In fact I doubt that she’d want to commit to the travelling at her age.


Hippy Chic Says:

Colin The Generation Game was must see Saturday night TV in its day,but if you dont watch TV now,then to be honest your not really missing anything anyway,as for Martina your probably right too late in the day for coaching.


princessice Says:

Rafa just served a breadstick and a bagel to Istomin! :)


Hippy Chic Says:

Princessice year awesome fantastic :))..


metan Says:

Yoooohoooo, yummy food for istomin, bread stick and donut given by Rafa.
Vamos, Vamos, Vamos!


Okiegal Says:

@Chic

It could be Fabio next for Rafa……..what’s a girl to do??? lol


James Says:

This was the best Nadal since US Open last year. He played great against Monfils and Federer at AO but he wasn’t crushing the ball then.
He wants Wawrinka in SF.


metan Says:

James said. Rafa wants wawa @ sf. LOL. Me thinks good for revenged.πŸ˜„


skeezer Says:

James,
Agree. Your guy is playing awfully scarwwwy! I am starting to believe he really wants this title.


Humble Rafa Says:

He wants Wawrinka in SF.

This Swiss Kid ain’t winning another set from me in his lifetime.


Okiegal Says:

@James

The USO 2013 is my very favorite HC Championship win. I have it recorded and watch it when bored. To think he won it in 4 sets against Novak just blew me away. That win stands out for me because of what he’d been through the year before and how much he had to overcome……simply amazing!! Agree with you in that his play tonight was reminiscent of the 2013 DUO!!


Perfect fan Says:

wow! nadal is playing some intimidating tennis atm….looking too good for his 1st miami trophy. I’ll not be shocked at all, if he wins the entire set of matches here in straights….considering the level he is playing now.

@ chic, wats wrong with woz….did she ate popeye spinach or what?? yet another bagel and bread-stick served to another opp. If it goes like this, I m sure serena will back out citing injury….rather than going thru the embarrassment of getting bageled by woz ;)


harry Says:

@metan, HippyChic: Rafa looks scary good ;)


Okiegal Says:

It will be Rafa/Fabio tomorrow night 9:00…….I think he is playing so good at the moment. Vamos Rafa and win this thing. Bite the Sony Ericsson trophy for the first time!!


Jose Felciano Says:

serious back injuries don’t heal this quick…..too bad nadal career will always be under shadow of gamesmanship


metan Says:

Harry, thanks, I have a glimpse of hope after watching this match, that Rafa hopefully will bite it. And another backup is Sean jinx, just say my confidence is increased 75%.πŸ˜„πŸ˜„


metan Says:

Jose Felciano,
We need doctor so we can recover from illness quickly. Argh, too bad, no one will visit your clinic coz you don’t prescribe the best medicine and your diagnosis makes patient more depress. All slowly and no good. πŸ˜­ν ½πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚


Hippy Chic Says:

Harry thankyou,and so does Novak :-))..
Perfect Fan exactly i cant believe my eyes either.
Okiegal Rafa/Fabio match and i hope he continues to play as well as he has in the 1st two matches,and im still a one/two man woman Rafa and Andy in that order, despite the eye candy lol,and from now on i will ignore the silly sour graping from some,and their predictions that more often than not fall flat anyway,i dont know what he will win thats significant this year,but im of the opinion that anything can happen so lets wait and see.


Hippy Chic Says:

Perfect Fan i think Serenas a different animal for Woz,and has a great record against her,and i dont see things been any different in their next match either,unless Serena loses a step,and goes into some steep decline,which looks unlikely ATM,i dont know about Rafa but he has looked good so far,whether it continues only time will tell,ive never been one of those fans that expects their favorite to win everything,everywhere all the time anyway,i just enjoy watching him play,and let the chips fall wherever that they may.


Klaas Says:

Hippy Chic ?? Woz is playing Li Na. Could be a good match, if Woz can keep depth on her forehand. Even at this level, matches in WTA are still determined bu UFE’s and not winners. Problem for Woz is that Li Na’s BH is as good if not better than Woz BH.


Hippy Chic Says:

Klass i think what Perfect Fan was alluding to was if Woz got that far she would probably be a problem for Serena?but if shes playing that well anyway she could also be a problem for Li Na?but like you say doubtful,as she doesnt have any big weapons to trouble the top players,she has a very strong work ethic,and does like a good fight though,if she had a more interesting game i could probably then warm to her..


Klaas Says:

By the way ref UFE’s in WTA: most statistics are somewhat harsh. If your opponent has you on the defensive and you go for a difficult shot to turn the rally around and miss it, it is recorded as an UFE. This happens a lot.

It would perhaps be fairer to say that top matches in WTA are decided by Forced Errors.


Perfect fan Says:

OMG hippy, u completely missed my sarcasm and black humour thr in my last post. Common, i will never in my wierdest dreams will imagine that woz could dismantle serena….NEVER!! not even if serena has to play on one leg….she can defeat woz, even at 50% of her capability IMO.

I jus am finding it difficult to digest that woz managed to bagel her opponents twice & consecutively….with one being as good as SS. But nothing against woz personally, I’ll be more than happy if she can silence her critics by winning a slam someday to justify her no. 1 ranking for so long some years back….which came under heavy criticism by lotta ppl. But i admit, i dnt find her game good enough to win her slams.


Hippy Chic Says:

Pefect Fan nah lol,all tounge planted firmly in cheek :))..


Translated Age Says:

Dr. Jose must never have had a back spasm before.

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