Federer Derails Del Potro, Tall Men Tumble In Miami; Men’s 4R Tuesday Inc. Nadal
by Staff | March 27th, 2017, 11:44 pm
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Roger Federer kept his momentum rolling into the fourth round at Miami with a comfortable 6-3, 6-4 victory over Juan Martin del Potro.

It was the first meeting between the two who share the same management agency since the ATP Finals in 2013 which went three sets. But Federer started out hot and once again was solid on serve and from the baseline. After breaking the Argentine to seize the lead. He then erased a 15-40 hole to secure the first set.

Federer, who never dropped serve, grabbed a second break at 3-2 in the second and that was enough for the Swiss to earn his 15th win in 16 matches this year.

“I was more the aggressor. It was more on my racquet, and I like it that way,” Federer said afterward. “But, again, if he would’ve broken back in the first and would he have broken back in the second, we might still be playing and things would be very, very different right now. I thought it was a good match.”

Up next for Federer tomorrow is Roberto Bautista Agut who ousted Sam Querrey in three sets.

Federer’s countryman and top seed Stan Wawrinka also had an easy day, cruising past Malek Jaziri by the same 6-3, 6-4 scoreline.

Wawrinka now faces a tough test against Alexander Zverev. The German phenom won an all-tiebreak match over John Isner saving three match points in the process with a 6-7(5), 7-6(6), 7-6(5) victory. Zverev was actually down a mini-break at 4-2 in the final set tiebreak before taking five of the last six points.

Isner wasn’t the only tall man to fall to a youngster in a final set breaker. Nick Kyrgios did it Ivo Karlovic knocking down the Croatian 6-4, 6-7(4), 7-6(2).

Kyrgios moves on to meet David Goffin who needed three sets to beat Diego Schwartzman. Kyrgios and Goffin both made the Miami semifinals a year ago.

Also today, Tomas Berdych advanced to the fourth round behind a strong 6-3, 6-4 win over Gilles Muller. The Czech battles Adrian Mannarino who also won a final set breaker, beating Borna Coric.

Tomorrow, all eight men’s fourth round matches are scheduled. Along with Federer-Bautista Agut and Wawrinka-Zverev, Rafael Nadal returns to face Nicolas Mahut and the last two American men collide as Jack Sock takes on Jared Donaldson.

MIAMI TUESDAY SCHEDULE

STADIUM start 11:00 am
ATP – F. Delbonis (ARG) vs [2] K. Nishikori (JPN)
Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – [26] M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) vs [2] Ka. Pliskova (CZE)
ATP – [5] R. Nadal (ESP) vs N. Mahut (FRA)
ATP – [4] R. Federer (SUI) vs [14] R. Bautista Agut (ESP)

Not Before 7:30 pm
WTA – [12] C. Wozniacki (DEN) vs L. Safarova (CZE)
Not Before 9:00 pm
ATP – [12] N. Kyrgios (AUS) vs [8] D. Goffin (BEL)

GRANDSTAND start 10:50 am
ATP – F. Fognini (ITA) vs D. Young (USA)
ATP – [13] J. Sock (USA) vs [Q] J. Donaldson (USA)
ATP – [10] T. Berdych (CZE) vs A. Mannarino (FRA)

Not Before 5:00 pm
ATP – [1] S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs [16] A. Zverev (GER)


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92 Comments for Federer Derails Del Potro, Tall Men Tumble In Miami; Men’s 4R Tuesday Inc. Nadal

Aced out Says:

We should be seeing a kyrgios v/s roger soon and that battle should be legendary …. in the meanwhile check out this write up on the big four http://www.138mph.com/decoding-the-big-three-murray/


Giles Says:

https://twitter.com/queenstennis/status/846628675403595776
Did we get a thread for Rafa’s milestone? 1000 matches. We should get one, no?


TGIT Says:

Where the hell did you get that picture?


Aced out Says:

This too is beginning to look like Roger’s tournament now. Here’s an interesting take on Tuesday’s matches http://www.138mph.com/miami-open-tuesday-revealed/


lakie Says:

Aced out, you are getting to be a bore pursuing your one point agenda of promoting your blog.


rognadfan Says:

@lakie,

I was going to write the same thing. And if you looked at the so called ‘decoding’ of the big 4. It’s very shallow, partially educated and even somewhat prejudiced ‘decode’. At best, all the posts at TX from Aced out seem to be for promoting this shallow blog.
Anyone, who says Nole and Murray don’t have any weapons is like, ‘saying Karlovic’s back hand is a great weapon (on the opposite extreme obviously). Of course I am guaging this in terms ridiculousness + ignorance, you know. And it’s preposterous (No offence to Dr. Evo here).
If return of serve is not an weapon, how the hell did Novak beat Rafa in 8 finals in a row (I may be wrong on this number here) in 2011?. I am guessing Aced Out didn’t watch any of those games. Plus, Novak’s BH is a better weapon than anybody else’s on the tour (may be a couple guys are up there with him, e.g., Nishikori). It’s definitely up there among the best 2-handed BH in tennis (it’s not just now but all time, show me 5 guys who have (or had) considerably better 2 handed BH than Novak’s).
And, if Novak didn’t have that return of his, I seriously doubt he would be where he is right now. And that’s pure talent(of course hard work is always necessary to hon your talent). Becasue, most of the time when watching these guys serve, we spectators see the ball after it’s returned to the server. It’s obviously the fastest stroke among all the shots that exist in tennis. And being able to put the return where you want more often (with pace too) than everyone else in history is not an weapon?

Murray is somewhat of a mixbag. Both of his BH and FH could be serious weapons had he have a brain that developed an aggressive playing style in his early days. Now it’s too late. I seriously doubt he will develop a naturally aggressive mindset ever in his career (he will always have to be reminded to be aggressive stroke after stroke stroke). On the other hand, if you look at Roger he’s had the most aggressive mindset, may be because he was exposed more to the earlier styles of play (S and V) when he was young, who knows. Novak and Rafa, even though they are great defenders, always have an offensive mindset which I see coming naturally to both of them. Both guys will try to finish (or at least gain upper hand) the point every chance they get whereas for Murray you can’t say the same.
More often than not he is likely to continue the normal rally even when he gets a change to gain an upper hand. Now, I must say he is getting better, way better than he was in his early days, on being more aggressive. However, as I said earlier, he’s going to have to keep reminding himself to be that way point in point out. This puts an intangible pressure on him that other players don’t feel.
And this defensive brain is curbing (and I think will always do so) Murray’s ability to use those potentially great weapons he possesses.


Daniel Says:

Agree rognadfan,

Djoko’s return is unique. Inalways see hos macthes woth a clsoer eye to try “learn” hos execution, alos for his BH.

The only names I can think of that has similar BH’s are nalbandoan, Davydenko and Agassi. Nalbandian for his insane angles. Davy and Agassi as they took everyhting on the rise and could place it anywhere they wanted.

Also return is a weapon, see why Federer is so good this year. His retunr, primary shot. Yesterday agaisnt DelPo i saw some highlights and he was smackinng it to DelPo’s feet, plus the ocasional BH return winners, which is a signature in every match he plays now.


Daniel Says:

Kei and Fognini in one QF defined.

Sock winning easy to msot likelly play Nadal.

So Nadal road will be Mahut today, Sock and than winner of Kei and Fognini in semis before finals agaisnt, Fed, Wawa, Kyrgios, Zeverev.

Battle for #4 ranking still on. If Nadal also wins today, Raonic will drop to 7 (he already is behind Fed and Kei with this kei win), So Fed, Kei and Nadal will finish #4, #5 and #6 after Miami entering clay, we just don´t know in which order.


Giles Says:

Sneaky Nishikiori is becoming the master of the medical time out!!
😡😡😡😡😡😡😡


J.S. Says:

Daniel,
I wondered how the early exit from Raonic would hurt his rankings. Nishikori has had over 40 errors in his last 2 matches and called for a MTO. But, someone on twitter said he likes trainers!
So maybe it’s nothing.

WAIT who is safe at #3?


Daniel Says:

J.S.

Wawa is safe at #3. Right now with current points Fed is #4, Kei #5, Nadal #7 and Raonic #6.

If Nadal wins today he passes Raonic and secure #6. And who ever goes deeper in Miami ends #4.

If Fed loses early and Nadal and Kei advances they will play semis to see who enters clay as #4. If Fed keeps winning he has a good chance of finishing #4. Unless he lsoes in finals to Kei or Nadal.


the_mind_reels Says:

Tuned in just to see a few points, as I was surprised to see Mahut holding steady with Nadal given that his first-serve percentage is relatively low for the match (~ 40%). With a slow court, you’d think Nadal would be on top of that, but Nadal is still dropping his forehand short in the court, which is giving Mahut plenty of time to crack it and come in.

On serve 3-4 with Rafa serving!


J.S. Says:

TY DANIEL!!!

COME ON RAFA…..GEEEZ! He needs to play better!


Markus Says:

Nice analysis Rognafan. Murray has the least offensive instinct of the Big 4. Didn’t Federer himself after he was beaten by a young Murray that the latter’s style of play was too defensive to be a truly effective player? And many thought Roger was too arrogant to say that after he was just beaten. Well, Roger was just voicing his opinion and he was right. I think Murray has more natural talent than Nadal and Djokovic but way behind them in terms of aggression. That’s his bete noire.


J.S. Says:

YAY RAFA WON!
Being a Nadal fan is hard on the hips….no cookies tonight for me, but almost!!! WOOHOOO my baby won!!!


jatin Says:

Flashy start from fed


FedExpress Says:

3 Bps came and went.

not that shiit on BPs again.


jatin Says:

Serving impeccably though :)


Tiago Silva Says:

Game not flowing to Federer today…


lakie Says:

Great post rognadfan! Good analysis.


J.S. Says:

I am watching Zverev/Wawrinka match – What happened to Fed?
Shame they scheduled these matches at the same time….WTH were they thinking???


jatin Says:

Fed’s game dropped considerably.
Batista agut serving for the set


FedExpress Says:

just fuk that. fuk it.

how on earth does he get broken? karma for not taking his chances.


FedExpress Says:

he should have broken at least once in the first 3 service ganes of agut.


jatin Says:

That’s more like it fed.. Be the aggressor


jatin Says:

0-30
comon


jatin Says:

He will be fine fedexpress.
Back to business.
5-5


Tiago Silva Says:

Break back.

Federer need to be broken to get his A++ game again. Like an awaken.


FedExpress Says:

what a response. federer better not lose this set in the TB


jatin Says:

6-5.. Back to lead


jatin Says:

JS
How is Stan playing ?
That match sounds such a cracker on paper.


jatin Says:

Amazing point by Bautista agut


jatin Says:

Tie breaker


FedExpress Says:

oh federer. that should have been SP.

tie break it is. if fed loses it he has to play catch up in the 2nd.

fed missed a trick here.

better he wins the TB


jatin Says:

This is fed’s worst performance since the Australian open ( He played better against donskoy overall) Spraying Unforced Errors all over the court, slow and sloppy footwork.
Hope he is fine physically.


jatin Says:

Great shot to end the set. Hope he raise up his level.
Meanwhile, RBA is playing a great match.


FedExpress Says:

disagree jatin, he looked shoit vs donskey. he hadnt had a clear mind there. was hitting and serving to donskeys FH like a mad men though he know donskey will have a big smack on it. and the choking vs donskey was from another planet. as i said doesnt fit into his current brilliant start to the season such a match. maybe that loss was a blessing in disguise.

here he has a clear game plan.


fred stone Says:

Only one mani-pedi per match.


J.S. Says:

JATIN – It’s close although Wawrinka took the first set. You never know with Wawrinka and Zverev is so composed being so young.

HAHA FED EXPRESS – Fed won 1st set….sending you a cookie or two!


jatin Says:

Yeah, but it seems like playing 2 matches in a row (without any gap) is taking a toll on his body physically and RBA is so solid from baseline as well.

Nice break to start the 2nd set.


FedExpress Says:

wtf was that fed


J.S. Says:

Zverev down 0-1 (6-4 1st set) but up 3-1 in 2nd set….Crazy good stuff with the break! Maybe will go 3?


jatin Says:

JS
It seems like Zverev is leading the 2nd set. Should go to the decider.

Bautista breks back. 1-1


J.S. Says:

I take that back…..LOL
Zverev up 4-1 in 2nd set – Awesome Tennis!


J.S. Says:

WOW Fed was broken too?

TY JATIN!! Bautista is playing his heart out, wowzers!

This game of Wawrinka/Zverev should be on stadium court = worthy!!!!!


FedExpress Says:

jatin u were right. he is shittier than vs donskey. agut basically on one foot and he cant make it pay


FedExpress Says:

that bp conversion rate drives me nuts


jatin Says:

JS
Yeah, zverev has a commanding lead now. Who knows maybe he will win this match.

Fed express
Bautista is playing even better than 1st set now. Fed can’t let this match go longer because Bautista can GRIND you out the longer the match goes. His game is so similar to Ferrer.


jatin Says:

Amazing rally by fed… COmon comon


jatin Says:

SOLID hold by fed.


jatin Says:

Bautista playing super solid


jatin Says:

Unforced error count is increasing for fed. 27 already


FedExpress Says:

if feds gets broken he has a big problem.


J.S. Says:

Zverev has won the last 9 of 11 games vs Wawrinka. YIKES!! He is on fire!


jatin Says:

Brilliance from fed.. Amazing skills


FedExpress Says:

stan virtually out. double break down.

hope fed doesnt follow him.


jatin Says:

Seems like stan won’t be able to celebrate his birthday happily( he turns 31 today)

Fed is down 4-5.
Serving to stay in this set


jatin Says:

WHAT A POINT …. MAGIC FROM FED


FedExpress Says:

lol. applause.


jatin Says:

Good … good .. good
5-5


jatin Says:

Fed is clearly frustrated out there


jatin Says:

Down 5-6.. Serving to stay in the set


FedExpress Says:

fed struggeling. worst time to get broken here.


FedExpress Says:

3-1 in the TB

but i feel agut isnt going away


jatin Says:

Great tie breaker by fed to end the match. What a performace by bautista agut, gave his all. RESPECT.
Next match against berdych shouldn’t be so physical though. Hope for the best.


naderer Says:

Federer wins


Daniel Says:

Glad Fed has a day off tomorrow. That was closer than I thought.

Wawa lost, seems Zverev or Kyrgios will be in semis at least. Great result by ome of them.


J.S. Says:

FED is champion and know how to win, I am not a FED fan and knew he was okay :)

What happened to Wawrinka? I was so happy to see something besides the NIKE Green/Black/highliter yellow and green – DAMN


J.S. Says:

Congrats FED EXPRESS!!!


FedExpress Says:

congratz jatin and fedfans

tough one against berdych awaits. last time he won he saved MPs vs fed in dubai 2013

and last time they played in miami 2010 berdych also won by saving MP.


steve-o Says:

Only got to see the end of the second-set TB, but seemed like a tricky match, I guess Bautista Agut was really playing well. Glad it was straight sets, helps save energy for the next round (plus he has a day off).

Berdych and then one of the young guns, either Zverev or Kyrgios, will be tough but should still be winnable. Go Roger!


FedExpress Says:

thanks J.S.

congratz to you too


J.S. Says:

What happens in rankings with Wawrinka out???
I think that means Rafa and Roger fighting for 4th? yes or no?


skeezer Says:

Bautista was playing really well. Fed is fortunate that he took it in 2.
Bird doesn’t move nearly as well, but his serve can be deadly, sets up the rest of his game.
Go Fed!

The Stanimal/Z match was unreal. Z just literally blew him off the court in the 3rd. Hard to do against Stanimal.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Wish I’d seen the Zverev match.

Bautista played well, and Fed was a bit off. Piles of balls in the net. Haven’t seen the stats, but seemed like lots of errors. If he’d played that way against DelPotro he’d be out.

But he’s through, and has his ‘bad day’ out of the way. Another QF! Awesome!


Kimberly Says:

Hello all just returned!

Arrived around 1 and watched Venus practice for a bit. Then went to the lacoste store and bought a super cute orange shirt and pair of sporty flip flops. Lacoste is one of the sponsors of the Miami Open and the merchandise is just beautiful although quite expensive. Almost worth being a volunteer or ballkid just to get some of the free clothes!

Was there with my husband who is not interested in womens tennis so we went to the grandstand to watch Berdych/Mannarino. Came to the conclusion that Mannarino is a very annoying player not just due to his game style but moves around on the return and other shots clearly with the intent to annoy. In the end Berdych is just too solid for that and didn’t get distracted.

COnditons were HOT HOT HOT. We then went to watch the Nadal match. Sat next to Mahuts box who was clearly vocal in their support. Here and there Rafa played some good points, and perhaps he was honing it in but overall not incredibly impressed with his level this match. I think Sock is in with a real shot tomorrow night to be honest. At 5-4 in the first set I went out for a break however as sitting there was just too hot. Watched him finish the match and as a Rafa fan, he will have to kick it up several gears to go far here. Again, perhaps he will find his form later on, I sure hope.

Then I went to the grandstand. Watched the first set of Wawrinka Zverev. Figured Wawrinka was cured of his curse on the grandstand as the past two years I have watched him play like garbage and lose to Mannarino and Kuznetsov. Clearly I was wrong. But I went back to watch Federer.

Actually felt Federer made more errors but Bautista played amazing, hitting hard flat shots. Federer attacked the net more and made some volleys that were truly sensational. I was not there for the first set however as I was watching Wawrinka.

So I left and my husband stil there so I will get his take on the night matches. Not going day tomorrow, giving my tickets to some kids but I am going tomorrow night for Venus/Kerber Sock/Nadal


AndyMira Says:

@Kim…Wow!!Great report for today’s schedule!!Enjoyed very much to read it kim!Thank u for your continuos delivery..it’s AWESOME!!


rognadfan Says:

Fed was on ropes today. With that flat forehands of Batista Agut and improved BH(?, I feel like his BH was way better than I remember last year), he gave all kinds of trouble to Fed. But again the awesome returns to the feet of Agut at crucial times gave him upper hand in the tiebreaks.


skeezer Says:

This is relevant today, the great Ben Hogan once said;
“3 ways to beat somebody……
-U Out work em
-U Out think em
-And U intimate them”.

This is Fed nowadays.
Go Maestro!


Markus Says:

Hahaha! skeezer, if you become intimate with somebody, you may lose the drive to beat him. LOL, unintentionally funny typo error.


skeezer Says:

@Markus.
Lol good one. I meant intimidate of course.


Margot Says:

Thanks for a great report Kimberly. Always so good to get on the spot account. Imagine playing tennis in that heat. Yikes.
Lol skeeze, have you been borrowing Daniel’s phone?….;)


Margot Says:

Rognadfan:
Read your analysis and mostly agree. I often wonder how Andy’s game would’ve developed if he hadn’t gone to Spain during his formative years.


Anto Says:

@rognadfal
I never thought of murray game in that perspective. Come to think of it, it makes sense.


Margot Says:

And Andy is a fantastic volleyer so could easily come forwards more often.
So bloody frustrating as a fan!


J-Kath Says:

Stan was 32 years young yesterday….he was thinking of his birthday celebration and forgot to play his best tennis.


J.S. Says:

Thank you Kimberly!!
Love hearing from you – GREAT REPORTS!

I agree about Rafa needing to step it up. Hope he does vs. Sock – Fingers Crossed!


rognadfan Says:

@Margot,
Thanks. It’s hard to speculate how he would’ve developed had he trained somewhere else. It’s also possible he wouldn’t have been so adept in all the shots that exist in tennis had he not trained in Spain. On the flip side, may be training in Spain made him more defensive.

My knowledge on development of human behavior is grossly limited, but my guess is that his very first real training may have played some role in it. Usually things tend to get implanted strongly to you brain when you are very young and you learn a certain way of doing things at that time.And above all, he became such a great player that it was never considered a weakness until he came face to face with the other 3 all time greats, right?


rognadfan Says:

@Anto,

Thanks. That’s my view on why Murray hasn’t been able to get a seat in the league that Roger, Rafa and Novak belong.

If think, if one has to talk to himself, at all times during the entire match, to be aggressive, it definitely takes a chunk of your energy that would otherwise be used in actual shot making.

One example I remember clearly is a usopen match against Novak. I think it was 2014 QF ( I may be wrong, here but similar things have happends in more than one AO finals too). Andy was hitting bombs from his forehand, FH so big that it was like delpo’s crosscourts. He was hitting aggressive shots on the BH too.
But midway through the match, he started having cramps there.
You know, He had to constantly alert his mind to hit aggressive and because it’s not natural to his style, something else had to be given away. And that time it was his leg strengths.

In short, when somebody has to move away from his/her natural inclinations, something else’s gotta give.

I am a fan of Murray. He is a talented guy who’s proficient in every shot in the book but can’t really improve the damn second serve.
I can’t stop imagining what if he had aggressive instinct of Roger Federer.


rognadfan Says:

I am begining to think that stanimal needs to be hopeless to play better and actuallly win matches. Everytime he has some sort of radar on him, he simply crumbles.

But then yesterday, it was his Birthday. So may be as J-Kath said, he was thinks about which club to pick for the party and forgot to swing his racket.

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