Federer, Kyrgios Survive In 3 To Advance To Miami SF Showdown; Nadal v Fognini
by Staff | March 31st, 2017, 12:01 am
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Two weeks to the day, Roger Federer and Nick Kyrgios will try again to match-up late in a Masters event. At Indian Wells, the 21-year-old Kyrgios had to withdraw just before facing Federer due to a virus. And they almost didn’t make the rematch.

Federer came into the day as the hottest player on the planet, and early on against Tomas Berdych the Swiss was in charge, breaking Berdych right from the start.

By the time Berdych settled in, Federer had already secured the opening set. But Berdych rebounded in the second and made a match of it, finally breaking Federer at 15 in the eighth game.

Federer, who had won his last six against Berdych, had his set streak of 15 against the 31-year-old come to an end.

Federer found his rhythm on his serving cruising to start the third, then seized a break to go up 4-2, then 5-2. But serving for the match at 5-3, Federer blinked, getting broken at love.

Berdych saved a break chance in his next service game, but held and eventually they’d play a deciding breaker, just like they had in their only other Miami meeting won by Berdych in 2010.

In a topsy-turvy breaker, it was Berdych coming ahead with two match points at 6-4, but almost predictably, he wouldn’t win another point as Federer reeled off four straight and a Berdych double fault put the Swiss back into the Miami semifinals 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(6).

“Wow, double fault. Are you kidding me?” Federer said. “You’re too kind, Tomas. Why? Like how do I deserve this one? I don’t feel like I deserved it that much, a double fault at that moment. I guess he was playing on the edge.”

Overall, Federer though he started well.

“I felt really good after the first set. I think then I maybe let Tomas back into the match as well just a bit. Also, he started to play bigger and better. I’m happy I fought hard and somehow got it done today. But the crowds were great,” Federer said.

Berdych falls to 6-18 against Federer and the former finalist hasn’t beaten a Top 5 player in over two years since he stunned Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open in 2015.

“He was the one serving out the match; didn’t make it,” Berdych said. “I had a match point, didn’t make it. I had two, I didn’t made it. So what else to say?

“It’s obviously not something that you want to finish the tournament like,” he said. “I got a lesson on the last week, last tournament, so this is going to be fine to get over with.”

In the evening, Nick Kyrgios rode his booming serve to what turned into a tough 3-set win over budding rival Alexander Zvererv 6-4, 6-7(9), 6-3.

Kyrgios let slip three match points during a terrific second set breaker. And in the third, Zverev continued his fight until the German got rattled by a late challenge win by Kyrgios in the first point of the sixth game. Zverev went on to get broken and Kyrgios closed out the match on his sixth match point.

“We’re great friends as well, so I’m always lucky to go out and play against a player like him. It could have gone either way,” Kyrgios said.

Kyrgios, who is into his second straight Miami semifinal, beat Federer in Madrid in 2015 saving match point. So Federer has his sights set on revenge.

Federer is 17-1 on the season and he’s won his last nine matches.

“I love playing against Roger,” Kyrgios said. “He’s my favorite tennis player, so I’m going to enjoy that moment. We don’t really know how long he’s going to be around for, so I’m going to enjoy that moment.”

In the early semifinal, Rafael Nadal takes on surprising Fabio Fognini who is in his first hard court Masters semifinal. Nadal has won seven of 10 meetings but Fognini shocked Rafa in 5 in their last US meeting at the 2015 US Open.

“I know him very well,” Nadal said. “He know me very well. We played couple of times; he beat me couple of times, too. So, yeah, it’s a tough match. He’s playing well, so will be a good tennis for me, too, and a good challenge. Happy to be in the semifinals. I’m excited about play that semifinals match against a player who’s playing very, very well during the whole week.”

Fognini, who’s wife Flavia Pennetta is due in May, says he’s feeling good on the hard courts.

“I feel good. I always tell you that I really love play on this surface,” Fognini said Wednesday. “I think ’14 I play fourth round here, if I remember well; I play fourth round Indian Wells; I play fourth round in Australian Open. In ’15 I play fourth round in US Open beating Rafa in the third round.

“So I always feeling good. Of course this one is the best result of my career at the moment.”


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301 Comments for Federer, Kyrgios Survive In 3 To Advance To Miami SF Showdown; Nadal v Fognini

Armend Says:

Both Federer and Nadal have very tough semis. I hope they both win them in thrilling three setters!

I must admit that I am enjoying these few last highly competitive meetings between Federer and Nadal and truly hope for another final between the two in Miami.

I’m a Rafa fan, but it’s very enjoyable to see what Federer is doing lately, the man is beating Rafa!, his on court nemesis, doing something that he’s never been able to do consistently throughout his career.

Don’t know if he’s playing better than ever before as we don’t know if Rafa is at his best, and the rest of the best are nowhere to be seen right now.

As an avid tennis fan, I must say that I am enjoying this sudden change of tide. The rise of the absolute GOAT at a time when he could be watching these finals on TV and nobody would be surprised about it.

The recent form of Djokovic and Murray can give us a glimpse of how difficult it is to stay on top, injury free and as hungry as Federer has stayed. That is pure love for the game and an unwavering sense of discipline.

We are witnessing the tail end of a rivalry between potentially the best two players ever. And if the tables have turned than so be it.

Absolute domination by a single player is great for some, but is never fun for everyone.

As much as I would like to see Rafa win, I must say that it would be a joy to see Federer take Wimbledon or the French for one last time.

Based on the results he’s had the last couple of years, he’ll I’d vote for Federer as the most improved player of the year :) let the guy say what he thinks, and we avid tennis fans who always want the truth during the interviews should stop being so judgemental about it, as if we continue to criticize sincere statements, how are we encouraging the very truth that we want to hear from them.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

First on Federer/ Berdych:

I feel pretty confident in saying Feds level has dropped from IW, as I predicted would. He’s playing great, his BH and returns are better, but overall, he’s playing at a 2013-2016 level, which is still top 4, whereas AO and IW he was at a #1 level.

Against Berdych, there were a lot more safe balls hit, a lot more errors, and a LOT less fight retrieving shots. He played, I think, very well, but not A+. I don’t think his level dropped as the match went on, either, Berdych got better.


Daniel Says:

Agree TV,

Apart feom the first set where he was great. Z

Also think this has to do with thr slow courts and will give us a glimpse that whats to come on clay. I’ll be very surprised if he wins anythig on clay that’s why he needs to five hos best now and try to win this. Just two more matches.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Now on Kyrgios/ Zverev: The battle of tennis’ ugliest teen-aged body postures

Great match from 2nd set on, but Im not sure I buy the long term multiple GS, #1 hype of these guys.

First Zverev: Beautiful game, great variety, great power, nice net game, but… doesn’t he seem a bit too predictable? It seems like you always know where he’s going next. Plus, he’d be the slowest #1 since…. ever? Is he faster than Moya? He’s sure not as quick as Murray, Novak, Fed, Sampras, Agassi, Hewitt, Safin… maybe Roddick?

So thats a drawback in todays game.

Kyrgios
Can I be the first to call him La Monf Jr? Hear me out: incredible athlete. shocking quickness. enormous variety. bizarre, often ugly form and footwork. Ability to generate enormous power – but doesnt as much as you expect.

Behind all Nick’s massive repertoire and killer serve is this: his 2 bread and butter shots are a huge topspin FH to mid-court, like a Rafa shot without the purpose, and a push/bunt BH that is flat and quick, and gets great angles, but doesnt exactly blow up off the court.

The big question, for Nick is, can he make more of a habit of going flat on his forehand early in the point, instead of ad completely random moments? And can he stop giving away 4 or 5 free points a match with tweeners and drops? I know he’s beaten everybody. But as the top guys get used to him, I just don’t believe he can beat the Big Four giving away 4 or 5 freebies a match.

For tonight, can Fed’s ‘placement’ serve trouble Nick more than Zverev’s power didn’t? And can Nick’s bunt backhand negate Fed’s tactic at rushing his opponents? Who will go for kill shots first? And can Fed read Nick’s serve? Who will be more tired?

I think Fed’s got this, even at the current Berdych level.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Pretty sure Zverev is slower than any #1 since computer rankings in 73. So thats a bad omen for that aspiration.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

OTH maybe an upgraded Monfils with the serves of Isner is enough to win a GS.


Pamela Says:

Armend – It’s obvious you’re a tennis fan and I think your post is great. I am a Federer fan and have been forever, so it’s been very sweet to not only see him come back like this, but to come back while everyone and their mother was saying he’s done… the 2 McEnroe’s, Chris Fowler, Mary, and the majority of the tennis channel commentators (I’m in the states, not sure where you are and if the tennis channel is even shown outside of the states).. anyway, I love that Roger has proved them all wrong, although to listen to them, one would never know they had written him off just 2 years ago… even last year when they were questioning if he would come back… anyway, a great post from you.


Pamela Says:

TV – I agree with your first post as well. Federer’s level definitely dropped in the 2nd set… I was sitting there thinking WTF is going on.. He just stood there when the ball went right by him…. it was good to see him pick back up in the tie breaker, but I must say…. Thomas was very close… it could have gone either way….what do you think about Federer’s match up with Kyrios tonight?


Markus Says:

By the time the current multi-slam winners leave the game, Kyrgios and Zverev, if they keep their current trajectories, will be at their peaks of physical prowess and have the most potential of the current young players to win a slam or two. Those two should hire the finest coaches and fitness experts so as not to waste their talents.


Daniel Says:

Seems Nadal is on fire, brokeing Foggy to love winning all 5 second serves points. Massacre right now. Only checking scores but it looks ugly.


J.S. Says:

I DO HOPE Kyrgios decides to hire a coach….that might be his turning point!

RAFA off to a GREAT start….10 straight points leading 4-1 (lost the 2nd game)

VAMOS!!!


Daniel Says:

Foggy was 40-0 and now loses 4 points, another BP Nadal


Daniel Says:

He is 1-9 in second points won. Bizarre!


J.S. Says:

Rafa wins fist set 6-1 but waiting for Fognini to come alive!
Not much tennis is being played…Fog serve stats are terrible!!!

Hoping Rafa finishes this!!! :)


J.S. Says:

OPSIE – FIRST


J.S. Says:

WOW okay now Fognini has a trainer on court after coming back in the 2nd……Not sure what’s going on!
COME ON RAFA don’t go to 3!


FedExpress Says:

another walkover win i guess for nadal


FedExpress Says:

too much moonballing hehehe


HJF Says:

Are you actually watching the match, FF is actually playing better this second set, or is it only Federer you give credit to ? ….


FedExpress Says:

i am joking HJF

nadal is serving well, fognini competing well in the 2nd


FedExpress Says:

BP Nadal

DF, nadal will serve for another final appearance

GSM Nadal considering fognini hasnt even come close in rafas service games


FedExpress Says:

Congratz Rafa fans


J.S. Says:

YAY!!!
Rafa DID IT!!! Served amazing – So happy for him!


FedExpress Says:

We could have a 3rd fedal match in this season.

would make nadal the favourite against kyrgios/federer. Much fitter atm.


steve-o Says:

Yeah, but people were ridiculously overhyping the Fog’s chances and pretending like this was going to be a huge test for Nadal. It was as routine as the non-hypers were expecting it to be.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Not hypers, steve-o, hopers. We just hoped Fogging could put up a match and thought he had a chance to.


HJF Says:

FF Has actually troubled Rafa a few times, that why his fans didnt want to take anything for granted, plus hes played well this tourney soooo, not only that if Nadal fans were confident about his chances, only for him to come unstuck, i dare say they wouldve been crucified for their troubles, and not heard the end of it, so i guess you cant win either way ….


FedExpress Says:

Fognini had troubles early on in the tournament and played a 10% fit nishikori. so.


jatin Says:

Fed striking some amazing backhands


jatin Says:

126 mph 2nd serve from Nick.
To me, he is the most existing player to watch in this new generation. Very talented


jatin Says:

Break point fed.


jatin Says:

Great shot making from both players. Loving this matchup


BBB Says:

Hola. I have to listen to this match in Espanol because ESPN has decided to show it on ESPNews, which, despie the fact that I have a sports package, I don’t get.


Tiago Silva Says:

yup… great shot making…


FedExpress Says:

Federer should have had at least 3 BPs.

that FH miss on 0-30 was shocking.


jatin Says:

FedExpress
Yeah, he had that point


jatin Says:

Kyrigous has a lot of pace in his 2nd serve as well.


jatin Says:

Another deuce


jatin Says:

Fed all over kyrgios
Break point


jatin Says:

Fed hitting the backhand with authority right now


FedExpress Says:

Federer alreading wasting BPs like there is no tomorrow. it will back bite him at some point.

Kyrgios FH is an ugly shot. why not flatten it out more.
this soft and curvy FHs wont win you much consistently


jatin Says:

Kyrgios serve is one of the hardest to break.


jatin Says:

Fed super solid…


Tiago Silva Says:

Jane, let’s see until when. If physical stamina will not drain.


Daniel Says:

Fed sublime on serve. Kyrgios just surviving. Had Fed not missed that 0-30 FH when 1-0 up he would be already 4-1.


FedExpress Says:

i think we will see one TB the least


Tiago Silva Says:

Kyrgios seems tense.


Daniel Says:

FedEx,

You have to understand that BP is always advantage server, So any rate above 30% is already great.

So every 3 BP”s the serve will save 2, This is the universal average, sometimes even higher.

Tose matches when the player who breaks is 2-2 on BP, or 3-4 are the exception.

If he keeps creating chances he will break.


FedExpress Says:

pure mugness from federer.now

0-30 on his serve


FedExpress Says:

bravo federer. gets broken.


jatin Says:

So nick break fed


jatin Says:

Nick could get away with this set now.


Daniel Says:

Humm, Fed started in full throttle, Kyrgios survived and he held back a bit. No free point on serve this game and got broken.


Tiago Silva Says:

that drop shot was suicide…


FedExpress Says:

this is the price which fed pays lately. doesnt break on the oppurtunities he gets and you can sense he will put a bad service game after that


Van orten Says:

Those guys from tennis tv talking like fed zero grand slams and kyrgios 18 grand slams . Pretty annoying the hype .


FedExpress Says:

and fed looks tired


FedExpress Says:

Kyrgios and his mother fist pumping on UE.never change


FedExpress Says:

fed is struggling to hold serve, kyrgios had his issues at the beginning now vice versa


jatin Says:

Fed should just focus on his service game now. He can’t afford to play a lose one from now on as breaking kyrgios is extremely difficult. He serve BOMBS (135-142 mph).


FedExpress Says:

jatin, fed got punished for that FH miss on 0-30 in the 2nd game.


FedExpress Says:

here we go. normally fed would led this slip considering how the evening went so far


jatin Says:

15-40


jatin Says:

Kyrgios breaks racket


FedExpress Says:

if fed doesnt take them i dont know when he will


Daniel Says:

Yeah, DF! I asked for it here and kicked the wood 3 times kkkkkkkk


jatin Says:

Lets go fed… Lets go


Tiago Silva Says:

mental game


Daniel Says:

Berdych and Kyrgios double faulting in crucial times, effect of Fed’s latest aggressive return. Kyrgios is even trying to bully Fed stepping in court to return and SABR Fed.


jatin Says:

Amazing forehand by fed
6-5


Tiago Silva Says:

Good game by Federer…


Tiago Silva Says:

yup, Kyrgios is tense…

He needs to workout his mental peace…


FedExpress Says:

Fed needs this set more to carry the momentum he gained


jatin Says:

Fed so so agressive


steve-o Says:

So far this match has lived up to the hype, both guys are playing great.

Really important for Federer to survive that service game at 3-5, momentum really turned after that.


FedExpress Says:

slow 2nd serve into the net. sometimes federer overthinks things a little bit

come on frd break hi


jatin Says:

15-30


FedExpress Says:

so many easy errors


jatin Says:

Set point fed… Comon


Daniel Says:

at least this year Fed is impressive in tiebreak.

Kyrgios 2 aces after BP.


FedExpress Says:

ace


jatin Says:

ANOTHER ACE


jatin Says:

Wow, amazing by kyrgios


FedExpress Says:

this TB will decide very much the match i feel. whoever wins it will have huge amount of confidence in the 2nd


FedExpress Says:

of course fed, lose the 1st of the TB

man


Tiago Silva Says:

yikes


Daniel Says:

Thank Kyrgios, lose your concentration when up mini break. Now gets the crowd against you, even more,


Tiago Silva Says:

this public is just plain stupid…


Daniel Says:

Fed needs this set more, specially to frustrate Kyrgios who served for it.


FedExpress Says:

even as a fed fan i have to say the crowd is disgusting with their booing for no reason


jatin Says:

2-2… Hold fed… hold


J.S. Says:

SORRY but the crowd is RUTHLESS!!! Nothing about it, is okay….my opinion!


FedExpress Says:

hahahahahaha DF fed. oh man


jatin Says:

kyrgios shouted SHUTUP i guess before they start to BOO him.
And fed double faulted


Daniel Says:

Yeah, now go on an put the return on court again.


Tiago Silva Says:

WTF Federer… DF???


jatin Says:

1 hour already


Tiago Silva Says:

They were yelling when K was to serve.


FedExpress Says:

humidity is killing fed. sweating like a pig


Daniel Says:

4-4, c’mob another great serve and put pressure on him.


jatin Says:

Fed needs to win his serve now


Daniel Says:

5-4 Fed. 1 point on Kyrgios serve


jatin Says:

Comon on… just one mini break


Tiago Silva Says:

5-4… what a game…


jatin Says:

5-5…


Daniel Says:

Super return on court. How he does that at this point?! remarkable.

Set point on serve. Kick serve wide


jatin Says:

Fed MAGIC MAGIC man


FedExpress Says:

Feds bh to its old self


Tiago Silva Says:

WOW… What a point to Federer!!!
6-5


Daniel Says:

Kyrgios using Nadal tactics and breaking down Fed’s BH, 2 errors Fed made in last 4 points.


jatin Says:

Nope…… JUST nope


FedExpress Says:

SP gone .wtf


jatin Says:

He has to win this serve somehow…6-6.


jatin Says:

Another set point


FedExpress Says:

Donskey nightmares redreshed


jatin Says:

Comon comon comon


Tiago Silva Says:

super-tense game…


jatin Says:

Miss hit… someone shouted when ralling :(


FedExpress Says:

this TB will break the spriit whoever loses it


Daniel Says:

Kyrgios is not giving up. Too solid today. Not making “mental” errors.


Tiago Silva Says:

Stupid crowd… WTF!!!


jatin Says:

Now… set point kyrgios…
Need an ACE


FedExpress Says:

SP nick

and ber he will take it at first time of asking


FedExpress Says:

*bet


Daniel Says:

Fed very frustrated.

He knew he had the breaker on serve. Now let’s see if Kyrgios cracks.


FedExpress Says:

So that was it. Fed choked so hard and deserved what he got


jatin Says:

Now kyrgios just has to make a good first serve and its over


Daniel Says:

AMAZINGGGG!!!!

What was that return?!?!?!


jatin Says:

WOW… super slice return


FedExpress Says:

where is the 1st serve?


jatin Says:

SET POINT FED


Daniel Says:

This is IT fr Fed. Cam’t get any better than this. Moral point and DF from opponet. Now go on an place a good serve in


jatin Says:

FED STRIKKEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS


FedExpress Says:

Cooooommmmeeee onnnnn


jatin Says:

1 hour and 12 minutes of EPIC


Daniel Says:

Fed was better tiebreak, made the wow shots and missed, was all on his racquet.

Hope Fed get an early break while Kyrgios are still overthinking it.

And he keeps his awesome tiebreak record this set.


Tiago Silva Says:

Epic Game…

The public shouldn’t booing…

Federer is making out of this world returns…


Daniel Says:

Fed celebration, he is hungry as ever, awesome!


jatin Says:

Daniel
Yeah, apart from that donskoy match fed he is just amazing on tiebreaks this year.


Tiago Silva Says:

Can Fed mantain the level? He usually drops after tense win games…


J.S. Says:

Crowd is TERRIBLE no matter who wins!


Tiago Silva Says:

Yes Crowd is stupid as hell…


jatin Says:

Yeah, they are yelling for no reason.
Wimbledon crowd is the best.


Tiago Silva Says:

lol


FedExpress Says:

lmfao another tweener


Tiago Silva Says:

great tweener…


Daniel Says:

Fed needs to be careful. He doesn’t look like he will endure a third set.

He will have to somehow win this in 2.


Daniel Says:

Match is already long, for Fed standards. Third match that will get closer to 2 hours or beyond.

And final promises another long match as well. But with a day rest and will be day match he should recover in time,


Tiago Silva Says:

Yes, Fed seems tired by now…


J.S. Says:

I am so MAD at this crowd and the disrespect – Going to bed, see all tomorrow – ENJOY :)


jatin Says:

Its so fun being a tennis fan. No sport can provide such high quality drama, mental fights and entertainment. Loving every minute of this match…


FedExpress Says:

yeah daniel, if it goes to a third i fancy kyrgios more


Tiago Silva Says:

jatin, not true. Chess can…


Daniel Says:

Signature 1 min game by Fed.


jatin Says:

Tiago
I love playing chess :)


jatin Says:

It won’t go to third set guys.. I am sure about that


Daniel Says:

They are holding easy this set, let’s see.


jatin Says:

Both players look tired.. Maybe they are heading towards another tie break.


Tiago Silva Says:

jatin,

chess just lacks the booing of crowd :)


Tiago Silva Says:

Nadal is certainly enjoing this game…


jatin Says:

This time fed made that drop shot


jatin Says:

tiago
They will get a day off before the final, right ?


Tiago Silva Says:

Jatin,

yes…


jatin Says:

Some backhand return from fed


Daniel Says:

What a point. Fd made main 2 times and Kyrgios almost all the drop


jatin Says:

WOW… What a defense by fed


Tiago Silva Says:

15-30 what a point…


jatin Says:

2 break points fed… He has to make one of those


jatin Says:

One gone


Daniel Says:

Kyrgios served big several times when down BP’s today


jatin Says:

Another gone


jatin Says:

Yeah.. he served amazing in those moments


FedExpress Says:

think the rally tired federer more out than kyrgios. 2 Bps came and went in a flush


Tiago Silva Says:

the game will have to go tie-break… all games have to…


Daniel Says:

He is playing big almost all big points bar that DF in tiebreak. But even so, he tried to be aggressive. Thought Fed would breknow but he laced 3 great serves in.


jatin Says:

No regrets. Not much you can do when someone serves BOMBS when down break points.


FedExpress Says:

expecting a bad service game now after that chancr though thosr were unreturnable serves


jatin Says:

Some lethal slicing by fed


FedExpress Says:

worst case would be that fed gets broken whem serving to stay in the set.


Tiago Silva Says:

were they joking?


jatin Says:

FED ON FIRE


jatin Says:

LOL Kyrgios serving BOMBS


FedExpress Says:

not long enough jatin

key service game coming. he cant allow to be broken


jatin Says:

Fed has to serve well now


Tiago Silva Says:

FedExpress, you seem to pessimistic as a Federer fan. Enjoy more the game :)


Daniel Says:

BH show last 2 points.


jatin Says:

2 bankhand winners in a row for fed


jatin Says:

40-40


FedExpress Says:

that was a chance but wasted


jatin Says:

Fed has to hold now


Daniel Says:

Seems another tiebreak will be.
Fed won all 5 he played this week so far. Will have to hold and wins another.


FedExpress Says:

all stream come to an end sadly, daniel


Daniel Says:

Wow, slice until the right shot, up and inside out FH winner. Smack! 3-1


Daniel Says:

Damm, lost mini break, went for too much. He doesn’t want to let us breath tonight…


FedExpress Says:

2 matches between these two and all gone to a TB. lol


Daniel Says:

Fed Ex,

Don’t want to see Kyrgios in Fed’s draw in Wimbledon, that for sure.


Tiago Silva Says:

Federer is trying to rush to much the points… If he builds the point he has the upper advantage…


Daniel Says:

5-3, assured to have 2 serves to close the match. Hope he gets another point just for insurrance.


FedExpress Says:

tiago, he wants to sleep hehe


Daniel Says:

Time to serve big and smart. Serve and volley to surprise.


Daniel Says:

What a shot! Courage. Had he missed would be MP Fed.


FedExpress Says:

not another choke episode


Daniel Says:

MP Fed. Don’t want anymore saving MP by opponent.


FedExpress Says:

I wont take a 3rd set


Daniel Says:

Another 2 greta serves by Kyrgios. Dmm


Daniel Says:

Second serve please Kyrgios. Or another magic return by Fed.


FedExpress Says:

these two have the most epic TBs.


FedExpress Says:

oh man


Daniel Says:

Kyrgios likes to play big players, that’s it. His focus is huge!


Daniel Says:

Set Point and serve Kyrgios. Fed is not able to play his last 3 serves. Will have to act Houdii again


FedExpress Says:

bravo federer.not.


FedExpress Says:

I am out. its 3.23 am and i have to leave house in 3 hours


Daniel Says:

Kyrgios is destiny to spoil the party.

Amazing how he chooses some matches to deliver. We seen him plays casual but seem paying the legends triggers something in him.


Daniel Says:

Fed should have made him play the second serve MP on his serve and he missed the return trying to drive it.


jatin Says:

What an incredible tiebreak again…. JUST WOW tennis.
Kyrios would have the edge in the 3rd set


FedExpress Says:

NID set coming up from fed. he will just bend over.


jatin Says:

Good thing is, fed is serving first


Tiago Silva Says:

Fed shouldnt try to rush points…


Tiago Silva Says:

everything will be decided on third tie-break…


Daniel Says:

Fed needs to break now. Catch Kyrgios with drop of adrenaline. Already won his game to love in 1 minute.


jatin Says:

Fed express
Fed will win and this time he will break kyrgios.


Van orten Says:

Clearly the better player fed . A pity he couldn’t return that second serve on match point . Kyrgios serve is huge but fed had him there . A pity he seems to give power to his adversaries by not finishing them off when it’s due


FedExpress Says:

had BPs, was up mini break twice, had two serves to serve it out. 2 Mps one on 2nd serve

i dont understand this choking from fed


Daniel Says:

Fed will neet to find top gear in one of Kyrgios games later in the set. Win a string of 3 streak points.


Daniel Says:

Or Kyrgios feels mentally tired after those 2 intense hours and give an opening. I was cheering DF when he served that second serve down MP, just like Berdy yesterday;-)


jatin Says:

Last time they played, fed won the first set 7-6 and lost the other two 7-6…. He even had a match point


jatin Says:

Daniel
You always wish for a double fault or unforced error in such points. But it rarely happens


Van orten Says:

As mentioned above would have been smarter to make him play the match point and attack later


Daniel Says:

Yesterday did happened LOLand today the game Kyrgios was broken first set.


Daniel Says:

String of 3 points. Too bd was when Kyrgios was up 40-0/ But still, deuce, long time they don’t play a deuce game


jatin Says:

Deuce..


jatin Says:

Kyrigios frustateed


jatin Says:

Deuce again


Daniel Says:

Spanking second serves.


Daniel Says:

He doesn’t break down mentally. I ma hugely impressed today. But the thing is we knows is just for a match or two.


jatin Says:

Kyrgios just won’t budge at all


jatin Says:

Fed is tired


Van orten Says:

Geeee tennis tv full of nick here nick there . He is lucky to be still in the match . Fed still playing solid . Vamos fed Vamos


jatin Says:

He needs to secure his service games somehow
30-30


Tiago Silva Says:

Federer is visible tired…


jatin Says:

Kryrios is doing it all
Break rackets, throwing tantrums and even kicking the ball like football.


jatin Says:

Sorry 3-2


jatin Says:

Fed is spraying shots now.. He looks very tired out there


jatin Says:

Hope he manages to win 3 more of his service games to atleast take this set to the tiebreak


Berghain Says:

xd just got home and gotta show some love to my txers. This match is very crazy… hope fed pulls through, slow courts should give nadal an advantage.


Daniel Says:

4-3 easy hold.

Now pressure time on Kyrgios.


jatin Says:

I don’t know what kind of pressure could fed exert on nick now. He is serving ruthlessly


Berghain Says:

secind set match point… Fed was serving and he didnt take his time… why rush so much!? he does this sometimes and I wish he bounces the ball like djokoer and gets a fking clear head and re-coops.


jatin Says:

Two more service holds fed


Berghain Says:

oh god, now fed must show guts and win this. No excuses!


jatin Says:

5-4….
Fed just need to hold once


Daniel Says:

Fed nees to hold 1 more time and play some 3 magic points in tiebreak


Daniel Says:

15-30, 2 points away. Huge point now. Second serve please…


Daniel Says:

Line shot inside out BH… c’mon Kyrgios, really?!


Daniel Says:

Huge point #4, 40-40


Daniel Says:

He doesn’t play 3 second serves in a row, all match. Amazing consistency on serve.


jatin Says:

Now fed has to hold his serve..


jatin Says:

3 more points to go


jatin Says:

2 more


jatin Says:

STUNNING drop shot to win the game


Daniel Says:

Fed is going more for the shots, he is more deserving to me. 50 winners to 35.

Kyrgios is just serving big when needed and an occasional great point.

Fed held easy to love. Pressure one more time on Kyrgios. Than their 6th tiebreak as seems to be meant. Just hop history doesn’t repeat itself. 2 matches losing in three tiebreaks after having MP and winning first set.


jatin Says:

Fed has to play an amazing tiebreaker to win this one now. I still have hope…


Daniel Says:

One shot Nick luck paint ht eline another Fed unlike and net sends a winner out. 40-0 and tiebreak it will be, My heart!!


Daniel Says:

3 straight second serves by Nick but Fed couldn’t capitalize, only this return.


Daniel Says:

He won’t break down. Fed will have to earn it. At least Kyrgios play a bunch of second serves, mayne he will keep those in tiebreak


Tiago Silva Says:

WOW, Federer won…

This is the worst public… for sure…


Docmed Says:

Give up for daddy fed.he is in another final he will win it in three set against nadal


Aced out Says:

Roger has a real tough one to deal with. Kyrgios is playing good, has a great serve and is fearless with nothing to lose. I want Rafa v/s Roger but we’ll see. In the meantime here is an interesting take on Roger’s and Rafa’s mindset http://www.138mph.com/decoding-the-big-three-murray-part-iii/


jatin Says:

This is one of the best match I have ever seen. SImply EPIC EPIC.
Salute to Nick kyrigos for such an amazing quality of play. He wins a lot of fans in this match.
And fed, I am too emotional right now. What heart and grit this guy has shown in last of these matches. Lucky to be your fan.

FEDAL next. Glad he has a day off… Bring it on


Aced out Says:

Tough one for Roger, here’s an interesting take on the mindset of Roger and Rafa http://www.138mph.com/decoding-the-big-three-murray-part-iii/


Daniel Says:

Wow. That was insane. Glad he has a day tomrecover. Hopefully.

Fedal it is. Yeah!!!


Tiago Silva Says:

Epic game, 3 tie breaks… Such emotion… It was worth it to be awake until 3:02 am…

Just sad the public make those 2 outs calls…


Tiago Silva Says:

I am a huge Federer fan, but in a way, i am sad for Kyrgios.

He should some Psychotherapy, or anger manangemnt program. He would be a better player.

Curious to see how Federer Nadal will be…


jatin Says:

Congrts to all fellow fed fans.
Yeah, crowd was very bad.


BBB Says:

Disappointing crowd. For all Nick’s flaws, he conceded a point to Fed when the chair ump wouldn’t.


AndyMira Says:

Disgraceful crowds!Much the same like in NY…They cheered for Nick’s mistakes and losing points…similar to what happened to Novak at USO..Feel ashamed for those who didn’t hide their dislike of Roger’s opponent and take their worshipness to another level…but congrats to Rog for reaching another final tho…


jatin Says:

AndyMira
It felt like a drunk crowd. Hope to see a much more balanced crowd in the finals.

To me, Kyrigos is like Safin of this Generation. Amazing talent and potential. Would love to watch the highlights of this match.


AndyMira Says:

@Jatin…yeah,unfortunately for Nick..i hope he will handle this more intelligently as he aging into a matured man in the future…u can’t change the crowds..u can only do better how to handle them..Btw..congrats for u jatin and all fedfans for another final..just wow!..he’s truly amazing..


rognadfan Says:

It was indeed an amazing display by NK. Who doesn’t get tensed in a match like that. His level never dropped no matter what and that’s all we need. But I totally agree that the croud was a bit rough tonite. And it’s the miami, we normally expect that, don’t we. I remember in 2011 watching Nadal vs Nishikori match. Someone yelled when Kei was serving for a critical point and he ended up loosing the only serve of the set. Nick I think has grown up a lot or at least I believe he is at peace with the fact that he is a pro in tennis and not in basketball.

Raucus crowd calling shots would upset anyone and Nick is only human at is just 19.
Hugely impressed by the young fella. Actually I picked him to win today after watching yesterdays match. But the SOB pulled it off, no real words to sing accolades anymore. And a friend is texting me, ‘is it 2007?’


AndyMira Says:

Btw…where is Amit??Yo buddy?where are you?Fed made another final and you’re still hiding??haha..come out now!Why u didn’t join Bracket Challenge this time?U could smack my head once again if Fed win!hehehawhaw!!


Kimberly Says:

Just retured and WOW!!!! What a match to watch live! Sat next to Nick Kyrgios Mom and box who cheered, “lets go mate” Couldn’t believe Federer return of serve, Kyrgios crazy shots, and how Layani handled the crowd. Was crazy, and many many intoxicated people. The afternoon semi was terrible. Took longer to drive there park and walk to stadium than watch the match!


Kimberly Says:

Damiel 10:07 post spot on. Federer was by far the better player. Kyrgios was winning way few points outside of the serve. And the serves were consistently in the 135-140 range!


kjb Says:

@Kimberly

Thats too cool that you got to see that match live. It seemed the crowd was pretty rough on Nick over the TV, did it seem that way to you as a live spectator?


Kimberly Says:

The crowd was brutal on kyrgios. But he wasn’t doing much to make matters better. But it was a tough atmosphere to play on for sure. And to make matters worse the fans were consistently making “out” calls


Daniel Says:

Also Kyrgios was serving bombs in second serves as well. Some of his second serves were faster than a few Fed’s first.

If only he could play like that all year he would sure be contending for #1 in 2 years and winning Slams.
But he needs the anti to be up for him to gets interested. He really, really wanted to win today and I’ll guess he would give his allot beat Nadal in finals also. Would love to follow him develop more.

Third Fedal n 2 months, just wow. Nadal in his fifth Miami final regularly every 3 years since 2005. Kind of due. He could end 3 streaks: Mimi 0-4 finals; Fed 0-3 of last 3 and 3 years without a HC title. It would be huge for him entertain clay, can changing everything. Fed shouldn’t lose this momentum and allow a full confident Nadal entering clay. And they will battle for #4 ranking. Epic!


madmax Says:

Awesome match Fed fans. I couldn’t watch it live…so have watched the play back right now. OMG. I read all of your comments too.

3 tiebreaks – does it show how Fed has been taking super concentration lectures at these critical moments. What he is doing now, at this stage of his career, is insane. It is like he is reborn, after having this length of time off. The superlatives – there are not enough, just outweigh everything.

Unbelievable set of tennis.

Fedexpress, you seem in better spirits these days! :-)


madmax Says:

Kimberly Says:
Just retured and WOW!!!! What a match to watch live! Sat next to Nick Kyrgios Mom and box who cheered, “lets go mate” Couldn’t believe Federer return of serve, Kyrgios crazy shots, and how Layani handled the crowd. Was crazy, and many many intoxicated people. The afternoon semi was terrible. Took longer to drive there park and walk to stadium than watch the match!

March 31st, 2017 at 11:36 pm

Kimberly,

How much did you pay for THAT ticket?


Miles Says:

Rognadfan: Nick isn’t just 19 – he’s 21! It’s time he started to improve his behaviour on-court!


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