Nadal Tested; Federer, Roddick Set Meeting at Sony Ericsson Miami
by Staff | April 1st, 2009, 11:28 am

Foes Roger Federer and Andy Roddick will resume their rivalry at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami after winning fourth round matches in straight sets on Tuesday.
Federer stopped the run of American qualifier Taylor “The Tank” Dent 6-3, 6-2, while Roddick tamed the flamboyant Frenchman Gael “Force” Monfils 7-6(2), 6-4.

Roddick beat Federer last year in Miami in three sets, but the Swiss holds a distinct 16-2 edge in their career head-to-head meetings.

Dent, ranked No. 467 in his comeback attempt from back surgery, was 0-8 in break point opportunities in one game alone in the first set against the Swiss. The big American’s first serve percentage let him down in crucial stages of the match.

Federer is still seeking his first title of 2009, with Roddick next standing in his way.

“I love playing against him,” said Federer of Roddick. “I played him at the Australian Open and played well against him there. He’s seems like he’s changed a couple of thing in his game, so should be a good match, I’m sure. I think on the big occasions I just have that extra gear that not many players have. So I feel like that’s an advantage, because of my talent, because of my experience. But in a match, best of three against a guy like Andy, it’s all to play for really. He’s always been dangerous. I’ve always respected him a huge amount.”

World No. 3 Novak Djokovic advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over No. 21 seed Tomas Berdych.

“Nothing is easy in these stages of the tournament,” Djokovic said. “I’m playing a Top 20 player, and a player who has won against basically all the top players in this moment — so it’s never easy to play, on this surface especially.”

Djokovic will next face No. 10 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, who outlasted countryman and No. 7 seed Gilles Simon 6-7(6), 6-3, 6-2.

“I lost to Tsonga four times in a row, so he has a little advantage probably there,” said Djokovic of his next round. “But I think all the matches we played were very close. It’s going to be a challenge for me to win.”

In other results Tuesday, No. 4 seed Andy Murray steamrolled Viktor Troicki 6-1, 6-0; No. 6 Juan Martin Del Potro topped No. 11 David Ferrer 6-3, 6-2; No. 8 Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco scalded No. 18 Radek Stepanek 6-2, 6-2; and in the final night match, world No. 1 Rafael Nadal escaped a hot-handed No. 16 seed Stan Wawrinka 7-6(2), 7-6(4).

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12 Comments for Nadal Tested; Federer, Roddick Set Meeting at Sony Ericsson Miami

fedster Says:

Ohhh……..!!!!! Djok smashed his racket !

fedster Says:

To be honest, Tsonga is not playing well today, this is just not the way he plays !

sar Says:

I think pressure from Djok in first set made him play that way. Second set was Tsonga’s to take but he couldn’t.

Momstootie Says:

Way to go, Novak! And andy played well against Federer. He has no reason to hang his head, at least on the tennis court. I did so want him to beat that arrogant creep.

Rod-dick Says:

Great to see the King flog the donkey like he deserved to be. 17-2? Has any other World no.1 had such a pathetic record? And lets remember – if the donkey was good enough to get deep in clay tournaments, it could have been even worse! (That is why his record against nadal or even djokovic is still not this pathetic!)

Rod-dick Says:

It is so much fun dancing on the donkey’s grave every week :) Stupid people like Momstootie (is that Von, TD or the bullah guy in disguise?). Anyways, I have got the reward for this week. The donkey’s butt-whipping :)

Time to enjoy the fab 4 and the clay season. Rock on Fab 4 :)

Long Live The King Says:

That is when you know your game is in the dumps. When you need to dig into the 16-2 reservoir to beat a player as limited as andy.

Anyways the big W is all that matters and Fed now has 17 of them against a former no.1. Andy fans should learn from andy, and stop crying like sore loosers. Roger was nice enough to support Andy in his stupid fights with Novak. I am sure Andy doesnt think Roger is an arrogant creep. Sometimes you have to wonder if these fans are actually Roddick fans or djokovic or nadal fans in disguise!

zola Says:

link live the king
***Sometimes you have to wonder if these fans are actually Roddick fans or djokovic or nadal fans in disguise!***

Or why not Federer fans in disguise?!

If you don’t have proof, you better not accuse anyone of wrongdoing. Needless tension.

Von Says:


Son’t you use my name in your ignoramus posts. You are nothing but a FEDERER OLE DONKEY GIRL SCOUT and a moron who’s a jackass. Now bray jackass bray.

Von Says:


Funny how you hopped out on one leg and your tail between your legs when Roddick beat Djokovic. Haven’t heard from you since until now. You were very sure it would have been the reverse. Funny how you could dance when your tail IS STILL between your legs. You are just an Ole donkey girl scout.

Von Says:

correction: My post at 1:24 pm sashould read: “Don’t” instead of “Son’t”.

Von Says:

“That is when you know your game is in the dumps. When you need to dig into the 16-2 reservoir to beat a player as limited as andy.”

Yeah, this is how Federer gets back his dead as a door nail confidence, by beating Roddick. Federer has said he likes to play Roddick, sure why not, because he knows by now he’s in Roddick’s head, which is stupid that Roddick has let that happen, but so it is. Retribution is a b***h though, because Nadal and Murray and in some ways Djokivic is now in Federer’s head and he’s got to deal with three not one. This win over Roddick is a life-line for him when he’s in the dumps, but it won’t last very long when he gets to Murray or Nadal. He’s got luck coming out of his ears because I don’t know what anyone would call his draws, luck or manipulation of the draws. Whom did he face in the form of competition, when other top players, were playing seeded players? Answer: no one, until Roddick. It’s the reason he always gets to the SF, because he has no one of substance to knock him out. I wouldn’t feel that my player is doing a good job if he’s not faced any worth-while competition. I would feel very edgy on his behalf, because he’ll be knocked out for sure.

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