Federer KO’d By Kokkinakis In Miami Shocker, Will Lose No. 1; Del Potro v Nishikori Sunday
by Staff | March 24th, 2018, 10:52 pm
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Oft-injured Thanasi Kokkinkis may have pulled the upset of the season thus far Saturday, stunning world No. 1 Roger Federer 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(4) in the opening round in Miami.

Federer, who began the year winning his first 17 matches, has now lost his last two, both in final set tiebreakers and both to much taller foes.

After jumping out to a set lead over the 175th-ranked Australian, Federer seemed to be in control, but uncharacteristic errors crept into the Swiss’s game. In the third, it was more of the same. Federer had chances on the Kokkinakis serve but just couldn’t finish the job. Kokkinakis, meanwhile, kept slugging away held his nerves in the breaker to vanquish the 3-time tournament champion and Miami favorite for his biggest career win.

“This is nuts,” said the 21-year-old Kokkinakis. “It’s an unreal week for me. I’ve trained with [Federer] a bunch of times and he’s a great role model for the sport, but I took what I learned and played my game and executed. I didn’t put a lot of scoreboard pressure on him, but when I’m playing on my terms I don’t feel there are too many people that can go with me. I just needed to play my game and aggressive tennis.

Kokkinakis finished 25 winners to 27 unforced while Federer hit 39 winners to 31 unforced, but 18 off the forehand wing. Federer ended winning two more points than Kokkinakis who becomes the lowest ranked player to beat a World No. 1 since No. 178 Francisco Clavet upset Lleyton Hewitt at 2003 Miami.

“It’s disappointing,” Federer said. “Don’t know why I could never get to any level that I was happy with today. Sometimes you have these matches. Sometimes you find a way through. I just couldn’t get it done today.

“Honestly, in the third set anything could have happened,” Federer said. “I feel like I wasn’t feeling good. The ball, I wasn’t feeling. With my movement, things weren’t absolutely working.

“I felt like the third could be a tricky one, of course. I feel like every time I had chances, something bad happened for me, wrong decision making by me, good decision making by him. Who knows what happened. It just felt like I could be paying the price for opportunities missed.”

And by not reaching the quarterfinals, the defending champion Federer will lose his No. 1 ranking.

Kokkinakis, who only got into the event via a wildcard, moves on to meet Fernando Verdasco who was a winner over countryman Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

“Look, he’s a cool guy, a cool demeanour,” Federer went on. “He’s been to Dubai to practice with me a couple of times. I knew him very well. We have worked very hard together. I’ve always liked his game.

“I’m happy for him that on the big stage he was able to show it, center court, Miami, people watching, beating me. It’s a big result for him in his career. I hope it’s going to launch him, really getting his ranking up.”

Kokkinakis wasn’t the only Aussie to have a big win on Stadium. In the evening, Nick Kyrgios rolled past Dusan Lajovic 6-4, 6-1 in less than an hour.

Earlier in the day, Alexander Zverev overcame Daniil Medvedev also in a final set breaker 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(4).

“It was not an easy match, but if you look at my history, the tournaments I do well in have very tough opening rounds,” said Zverev. “I didn’t play my best, but it’s very important to find ways to win matches like that.

“He’s one of the best servers on tour. On his serve, anything can happen. I was just happy to take my chances in the tiebreak and capitalize at 6/5 to win the match. It was very important for me and I hope to keep winning.”

Big men Kevin Anderson, Sam Querrey and Tomas Berdych were also winners.

Youngsters Denis Shapovalov, Frances Tiafoe, Borna Coric and Karen Khachanov all advanced as well.

On Sunday, in a marquee showdown Juan Martin del Potro will battle former finalist Kei Nishikori. Grigor Dimitrov, Milos Raonic, John Isner and Marin Cilic are also in action.

SUNDAY MIAMI SCHEDULE
STADIUM start 11:00 am
WTA – [22] E. Mertens (BEL) vs [11] J. Konta (GBR)
WTA – [8] V. Williams (USA) vs [29] K. Bertens (NED)

Not Before 2:00 pm
ATP – [5] J. Del Potro (ARG) vs [26] K. Nishikori (JPN)
ATP – J. Chardy (FRA) vs [3] G. Dimitrov (BUL)

7:30 pm
WTA – [Q] S. Kenin (USA) vs [9] P. Kvitova (CZE)

Not Before 9:00 pm
ATP – [13] D. Schwartzman (ARG) vs [20] M. Raonic (CAN)

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
ATP – J. Sousa (POR) vs J. Donaldson (USA)
ATP – V. Pospisil (CAN) vs [2] M. Cilic (CRO)
WTA – [6] J. Ostapenko (LAT) vs B. Haddad Maia (BRA)
ATP – [14] J. Isner (USA) vs M. Youzhny (RUS)
WTA – R. Atawo (USA) / A. Groenefeld (GER) vs I. Begu (ROU) / S. Halep (ROU)
WTA – K. Bondarenko (UKR) / A. Krunic (SRB) vs [2] H. Chan (TPE) / L. Chan (TPE)


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68 Comments for Federer KO’d By Kokkinakis In Miami Shocker, Will Lose No. 1; Del Potro v Nishikori Sunday

Van Persie Says:

What did I miss???..Was out with my husband last night and he asked me for once not too watch tennis scores ….and see now Fed lost…did not see that comming. Wow. Rafa Nr. 1 starting next week? Cannot say I am sad


Wog Boy Says:

Wrong title, more appropriate one should be:

Federer Chokes on Kokk


Margot Says:

At the end of the day 4xK seemed to have more self belief than Fed, which seems to be an extraordinary thing to say about Fed. And 4xK was definitely hungrier. Lots of the kids look hungry especially Shapo, Coric, Zverev, Chung. Will “old timers” like JMDP or Cilic or Raonic win this, or are we in for a possible “shocker?” In contrast to some folk on here, I’m finding it all very intriguing!


Van Persie Says:

Margot,

I love it too. It was all a bit too predictable lately. It gets more and more interesting

WB,

:)


j-kath Says:

And 4+K ranked 175….whew! Has everyone’s Brackets “gone for a Burton”? I’ll also be surprised if Delpo wins – he’s evidently very tired….however, Roger’s demise might give him an extra spring in his step.


Willow Says:

So Rafas back at number 1 without hitting a ball is that right ?


Giles Says:

Wow fed lost to a player ranked 175 in the World ?!


Giles Says:

Apparently the lowest ranked player to beat a world #1 in 15 years.


Willow Says:

Hope Rafa is on the same side of the draw as Novak at RG, not bothered about the warm up CC events just RG will do, likewise Andy and Novak on the same side at Wimbledon ….


Rick Says:

Rooferer indeed! He couldn’t find a roof. Hahaha, actually this year, he had won his tournaments indoor. Rofl


Margot Says:

Kath: I had Chung winning but of any of the “kids” I’ve seen playing, Denis looks the most likely.


Humble Rafa Says:

From your soon to be number 1. Tennis will soon be in good hands.


Humble Rafa Says:

Giles Says:
Wow fed lost to a player ranked 175 in the World ?!

Always special when the number 1 loses to a qualifier who had to win two rounds to play round 1.


j-kath Says:

Willow@ 5.03 am. Yep Rafa is back to no.1 on Monday — the down-side is he has over 4000 points to save over the clay swing…..fingers crossed.

Margot: U are probably not far off with Chung…..but wouldn’t it be ironic if one of the old guard still won e.g. Berdych!!!!!


Willow Says:

J-Kath thanks for the info, not really that concerned about his ranking, or Andys either, just want them both back playing ….


Willow Says:

Would be interesting to see Delpo winning IW and Miami back to back ….


chofer Says:

Willow

As long as I wanted to, that is not happening.

Delpo is prone to fatigue. Much ofm ot is carrying the body of a giant with 97kg in 1,98m. The weighter of the Big Guys. Cilic, by comparison, is much lighter: 92kg.

Delpo’s body takes much time to recover than others. He’s winning with confidence, only. He’s also mentally wornout, which prompted him to make baffling decisions against Haase. He’s not lucid or bright. Add Nishikori’s angled crosscourt BH to Delpo’s and the Japanese clean down the liner (a combo who makes him move even more) and you have a recipe to beat him.

I’d be surprised if he wins today.


j-kath Says:

Willow: I can’t equate Andy’s ranking with Rafa’s – wish I could.


Margot Says:

Awesome from Chung. In my year end prediction I put Chung just outside the top 10 because I thought, at No 58, he had too much to make up. Would now like my prediction back :(


chofer Says:

Chung it’s closer and closer from his actual breakthrough!

As if winning over his fellow next genners last year and an Oz Open Sf wasn’t enough!

Watch out, Miami.


Okiegal Says:

@K-Kath…..All those points Rafa is gonna have to defend won’t be easy for a guy who has been dealing with a hitch in his git-along! I am doing the same with my left hip…. but the bright side is ….it’s not in my right hip too……LOL!! 😳😳😳


j-kath Says:

Margot: So your new prediction for Chung is?????? Guessing No. 6-8.


Okiegal Says:

@J-Kath not K-Kath….sorry forgive please….fatty fingers!!


j-kath Says:

Okiegal: Appreciate your comment but I think Rafa’s “git-along” is different than your “git-along” e.g. male vs. female.

On the real positive side, there’s all sorts of other calculations throughout the next couple of months that can raise Rafa’s odds…(not forgetting that stunning yellow outfit he’s going to be wearing which will dazzle – even without sunshine).


Okiegal Says:

The way I see things…….. all of the young guns are gonna be old guns by the time Roger and Rafa retire………🤔🤔🤔


Okiegal Says:

@JK……….Yes I’m sure they’re different ailments but I’m telling you it hurts big time!! He will look smashing in the yellow….but with his gorgeous darker complexion he looks good in all colors. I’m a little worried about his health starting into clay season…..he just better be for sure his injury is healed! I am looking forward to Andy’s return to grass. It sucks having two favorites out of commission.


Willow Says:

Chofer true, which is why i think he will do well in best of three, rather than best of five in a grand slam, the latter stages of the GS will almost nearly always have two or three of the the elite players, and i have my doubts that he can beat 2 or 3 elite players back to back, 1 even 2 but not 3, i believe he can go deep, but just dont see him winning a GS sorry ….


j-kath Says:

Okiegal: Apologies, didn’t realise you were serious re. pain. You’ll think this is weird – but try crystals…warm them in the sun to enhance their power – after all they make watches work.


Van Persie Says:

See Delpo is doing well, without to push too much.


Van Persie Says:

Krajinovic next. DelPo looks good today. Sunshine double might be douable.


Margot Says:

Gosh Kei looked rusty, lack of matches really showing, but I guess when JMDP is playing well, it’s a really bad match up for him. Onwards for JMDP, I rather think he’s going to have a great year.


chofer Says:

Indeed, Margot. Tricky result overall. It was Nishi’s shadow.

Another one on injury purgatory.

This Mster seem like the battle of the fittest.

Did I say I like Chung’s body compact? He’s a bull. Watch out.

@Willow

I fancy the Korean in 5 sets! He’s bay far the more roboust of the next-genners. Good head, also.


Willow Says:

J-Kath works for me ;-)


Van Persie Says:

Yes Margot, Kei was rusty but DelPo was also awesome. He could have a great year indeed. Could be Nr. 1


Willow Says:

Chofer i think so too, but time will tell ….


Willow Says:

Delpo wont get a better oppotunity that he has now of completing the sunshine double ….


Okiegal Says:

@JK……Serious as I can be….. getting there lad ain’t for sissies! I got a complaint every other day!! Lol I will try anything for some relief!! I need a hip rub…. any physios
out there? Lol 😂😂😂


Willow Says:

Try Reiki Okie ….


j-kath Says:

Okiegal: The best physio is crystals or the biggy – a hip replacement.


Okiegal Says:

I will google your suggestion Willow……I’m taking a pass on JK’s remedy!! 😱😱😱


Okiegal Says:

Of course this is one of those “ifs” but here goes…..If JMD


Okiegal Says:

Oops continued….. If DePo had not been out of commission with his wrist ailment for so so long…. there would be a definite read on other player’s resumes……he’s looking very very good atm……just saying………


Okiegal Says:

@JK the best physio is tall, dark and handsome!! WOOT WOOT!!


AndyMira Says:

Miss Okie!…Hmmh…Rafa la tu!Kan?I knew it!!


j-kath Says:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/tennis/2018/03/25/andy-murray-takes-first-tentative-steps-return-hip-surgery-possible/

PS: to Okie – a neighbour had two successful hip replacements recently and is an octogenarian.

Back to tennis – what is the matter with Grigor?


Okiegal Says:

@AM…….Old, rich with one foot in the grave and the other one on a banana peeling!! 🍌 LOL Rafa waaay toooo young!!


Okiegal Says:

Grigor is going through a rough patch…..Maybe he’s too stinking gorgeous to play tennis???? Lol He’s having his woes atm….feel sorry for him.


AndyMira Says:

Hehehehe…Funyyyyy miss okie!!…

Bout Dimi…Maybe he still feel the after effect of sickness that he’s suffered at IW last week?


Markus Says:

A lot of players seem to have come back prematurely from their injuries: Wawrinka, Djokovic, Nishikori. I think Goffin and Raonic are not fully recovered either.

Now is the time for the NextGen guys to step up. For some reason, Zverev seems to be the one who comes up when everything goes awry in a tournament.

If I have my way, I hope del Potro wins everything now that everybody is injured. It will be poetic justice.


Markus Says:

Okie, being that I fail in the physio guy credentials you mentioned, allow me to just pray for you instead so that you feel better…or find that physio guy of your dreams.


Daniel Says:

DelPo on a roll, dismissing Kei. Potential, semis versus Chung or Cilic.


Okiegal Says:

@Markus…….I knew I could count on you…….,,you’re a real sweet heart! Yes, prayers are welcome! I get over one thing and something else goes wrong. Regarding your fave…..no doubt he needs a rest. He’s played lots of tennis and it works in his best interest to skip clay and be ready for the love of his life……..GRASS!


Markus Says:

Hi, Okie. I don’t worry much about Federer anymore these days. He already won a major, got to #1 albeit brieflly but got the record for oldest at 1. He already has enough, more than enough really. I think it’s time he puts less pressure on himself, give the body some rest and enjoy his young family. His kids are at the age where they are most fun to be with. More time with them more than the tennis court and his fans is what I wish for him to do more of now.


Okiegal Says:

@Markus……..Nice post regarding your fave. You make some great points. But he loves the game so much and can still win matches. In one of his matches the other day, not sure which one, but the cameras zoomed in on his little girls…… one had hid her face and the other one was standing up cheering for Dad. It was the sweetest thing. Naturally they know the game…… he was in a tight spot and overcame it! The glimpse of his family in cheering mode was priceless!! lol His kids are so cute! Regarding the game of tennis, he still has so much to offer. I think
he’s pretty tired atm and rightfully so…………a great champion!


Willow Says:

Okie lovely post, i hope Madmax sees it ;-)


rognadfan Says:

Willow Markus Okie-Thank god (btw I am conciously atheist but don’t know other expression), you guys post frequently.


Okiegal Says:

@Willow 10:20…… LOL……..Probably would think I don’t mean it, but it was a heartfelt comment from me……Kids are precious and I loved getting to see them in action…….priceless!!


Okiegal Says:

@rognadfan……..I am afraid there are some TXers that don’t agree with you regarding me…..I don’t have to tell you who, I’m sure you know………..always enjoy your comments……..


Willow Says:

Rogernad fan i can recomend Reiki as an alternative for of therapy, its hard for me to explain it, but if you google you will get all the info ;-)


j-kath Says:

We’re busy discussing NextGen and wondrous to behold Kokki is out to Verdasco….Never say never, I think.


RZ Says:

Yay 4K! Hopefully he is finally over all of his injury woes and can finally work his way back up the rankings.


Amit Says:

Next gen is most disappointing in a century perhaps.. absolutely none seems to have the goods.. i dont see much spark in Alexander anyway.. dimitrov is a lost cause completely.. he is indeed “poor man’s federer! Kyrgios is talented but doesn’t have the champion mentality.. he shall always be a top-10 type and won’twin a slam ever(hope to be proved wrong in kyrgios’ case at least!).. chung is my last hope.


j-kath Says:

Willow: After my sister lost her husband by unexplained sudden death in his sleep, she was very poorly and did turn to Reiki. This helped her a lot – but generally as you know, it is a hands-on-healing process that can soothe/reduce pain/anxiety but is not a cure for a medical condition….but of course helps in that it releases huge tensions that if not attended to can lead to worsening illnesses.


Amit Says:

Such a destitute young gen i havent seen since i started knowing tennis some 23 years back.. i miss pete type guys and even the agassi types.. heck i liked even moya! At least they did it in their lifetime: winning slams! This gen is BS.. chung is where my hopes rest at but even he isnt exactly a bomb till now, is very much beatable! Coming to.the “been there done that” fellas, Delpo is my hope this year apart from Federer… Rafa can always win slams but i wouldn’t love him winning slams right now as he is too close to Fed! 😉 2018 is hopeless lmao!!!😂😂😂


Willow Says:

J-Kath true thats why i think it should be regarded as an alternative therapy, rather than something to be used as a cure for any ailment, sorry about your sisters husband too ….


j-kath Says:

Willow: Agree. Definitely an alternative therapy…but the practioners are in short supply (one in the whole of the Scottish islands with visits to a couple of mainstream locations), e.g. Oban etc. Don’t know what the situation is in England.

Feel guilty at mentioning other subjects – could I blame tennis expectations for the NewGen? Really disappointed at 4-K’s vs. Verdasco…..but to some degree tennis results demonstrate that the senior generation may not be quite as easy to master as the up-an-coming group assume….meaning do they believe in entitlement as opposed to “if you want it, you’ll have to work for it”.
Sigh, sigh.


Willow Says:

J-Kath seems 4K couldnt back it up after beating Federer, Dasco is one of those players that has no consistency, but can show up and play great when you least expect it ….

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