Federer, Djokovic Ease Into Miami Third Round; Murray v Raonic (Hopefully) On Tap For Sunday
by Staff | March 25th, 2012, 1:12 am

Top seeds and tournament favorites Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer had little trouble getting into the third round in Miami. Djokovic, the tournament defending champion, pounced on Marcos Baghdatis eliminating the Cypriot 6-4, 6-4.

“He definitely deserves to be one of the seeded players,” said Djokovic of Baghdatis. “Obviously he struggled a little bit with injuries that took him away from the tour. But he’s a quality player, there is no doubt. He’s very solid from both sides. He has a really good first serve; he’s an aggressive player; [and] he has a very flat shot.

“I thought I played really well. Towards the end I made a little more unforced errors, but generally it was a good performance for my first match.”

Djokovic has now won all seven career meeting with Marcos.

Earlier in the day Federer gave another lesson to rising American star Ryan Harrison, though it did get dicey at the end. Federer was in complete control cruising 6-2, 5-3 serving for the match when he got broken on a point during which he stopped playing because he heard a fan yell “out”. Harrison returned Federer’s in ball, but the Roger had stopped. The break went to Harrison who held and ultimately forced a tiebreak, won by the Swiss.

“I didn’t play the shot, so it completely threw me off,” Federer said of the 15-40 point. “I mean, it’s the first time it’s ever happened in my career. I don’t even know what to think about it, because I was like, That’s it? That’s a break point? This is how this is gonna happen? Okay.

“I don’t know what the rules are, how loud maybe an out call has to be for it be maybe potentially replayed,” he went on. “I mean, it was just messed up. I should play the shot. It’s my mistake at the end of the day. But it came from the direction of the linesman and it was loud enough for me to hear it clearly.

“I was looking for the linesman while the ball was coming over, and just at the very end I did see that she held both hands down saying that the ball was in. I was just completely confused about the whole situation.”

Federer advances to meet his third straight American foe (Isner, Harrison) in longtime rival Andy Roddick on Monday. Roger’s won 21 of 23 meetings with Roddick, though Andy beat him at the 2008 Miami tournament.

“The head to head doesn’t play a massive factor for me in every match I go in against Andy, because I know there’s always a lot in Andy’s racquet depending on how he serves,” Federer said. “And, you know, if I don’t play well, I know I won’t win.
So the pressure is there. That’s what he can create with his game. This is why I never take a match lightly against him.”

David Ferrer, Mardy Fish, Juan Martin Del Potro and Gael Monfils were also seeded winners on Saturday.

In the women’s field, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki all registered straight set wins. Serena now meets Sam Stosur Monday in a rematch of their US Open final.

Former No.1 Kim Clijsters, however, fell to countrywoman Yanina Wickmayer 6-4, 7-6. Clijsters, who was playing her first tournament since the Australian Open and likely her last Miami event, was still hobbled by the ankle injury she suffered in Melbourne and overall lack of match play.

“It’s in a way a little bit frustrating knowing that, you know, playing maybe not even 50% but still being that close is you know, on one hand, you’re like, Ah, I could have beaten her, you know, with the way that I was playing and feeling, but she played good,” Clijsters said. “I mean, she served well, you know. But I did feel she was getting nervous to finish off the match as well, so I had a few opportunities there to get back into it and maybe win that second set.”

On a massive third round Sunday menu, Rafael Nadal returns along with Tomas Berdych, Venus Wiliams, Ana Ivanovic, Victoria Azarenka and Andy Murray who meets the big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic. Roanic, however, did suffer an ankle injury Saturday that forced him to retire from his doubles match.


STADIUM start 11:00 am
[7] T Berdych (CZE) vs G Dimitrov (BUL) – ATP

Not Before 1:00 PM
[WC] V Williams (USA) vs [WC] A Wozniak (CAN) – WTA

Not Before 3:00 PM
[20] D Hantuchova (SVK) vs [15] A Ivanovic (SRB) – WTA
[25] R Stepanek (CZE) vs [2] R Nadal (ESP) – ATP

Starting at 7:30 PM
[1] V Azarenka (BLR) vs [WC] H Watson (GBR) – WTA

Not Before 9:30 PM
[19] F Mayer (GER) vs [10] J Isner (USA) – ATP

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
[18] A Dolgopolov (UKR) vs [9] J Tipsarevic (SRB) – ATP
[13] G Simon (FRA) vs [22] J Melzer (AUT) – ATP
[26] M Raonic (CAN) vs [4] A Murray (GBR) – ATP
S Soler-Espinosa (ESP) vs [5] A Radwanska (POL) – WTA

Not Before 5:00 PM
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs M Melo (BRA) / J Monaco (ARG) – ATP

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61 Comments for Federer, Djokovic Ease Into Miami Third Round; Murray v Raonic (Hopefully) On Tap For Sunday

adam Says:

tomorrow nigh 60 minutes is doing a special on Djokovic. for anyone who didnt know, thought you might wanna check it out

Dave Says:

This is not the first time in Fed’s career that fans yelling “out” affected the point, but then Roger tends to block out and forget bad things that happened to him during matches… onc ethe match ends.

Go to the 3:04 mark of ths 2009 US Open final clip, to the fourth set tie breaker when Delpo is serving up 4-2. Roger hesitates when a fan calls out Delpo’s first serve. It’s quite possible Federer would have had a chance at a passing shot had he continued playing. After the umpire confirmed the call was not made by the linesperson, he agreed to let Federer challenge the call which was appropriate considering that Fed’s communication with the umpire on the two issues was immediate and continuous ***(Delpo had made late challenges earlier in the match) and the replay showed Delpo’s first serve was out. So it should have been a second serve for Delpo. But Delpo, after seeing the Hawkeye result, now was unhappy the challenge was allowed. In the interests of good sportsmanship, Federer made a stupid decision to agree to Delpo’s request to replay the whole point with two serves — had Delpo been under pressure to make a second serve, anything could have happened. There were two further line calls in the remainder of the tiebreak, and both times Federer eventually lost the point I think.

When Federer lost to Roddick at 2009 Miami QF, Roger was deep in a slump (by his standards) after a bout of mononucleosis two months before. He had lost in the Dubai R1, lost in Indian Wells SF to Mardy Fish before losing to Roddick in Miami.

While Djokovic gets a practice match with his buddy and countryman Troicki… and Nadal gets to grind down 33-year old Radek Stepanek in a day match… Federer gets his buddy the former No. 1, former US Open champion and 2010&2004 Miami champion Andy Roddick eager to beat a top player in front of cheering American fans. And Murray gets a tricky match with Milos Raonic.

*** those people who believe the toilet break rule allows players to take toilet breaks on a changeover within a set… are not allowed to comment on this issue.

Nirmal Kumar Says:

Dave says : *** those people who believe the toilet break rule allows players to take toilet breaks on a changeover within a set… are not allowed to comment on this issue.

Dave..did Roger not take a toilet break against Davydenko in AO 10, not sure if it’s 4th round or quarters. I believe that was within a set, not at the end of set.

Sienna Says:

Great comment Dave.
We all remember of course Roger not being to happy with the umpire to allow DelPotro to challenge just about when the changeover was done.
I do like it when Fed becomes serious like that. I did not know about the first serve should be seconde serve. That was a gift especially since it cost him a slam.
Yesterday he was a litle rattled from the call in the audience. His loss of concentration because of that was a sign to take care of his mind and body. WHy didnt the referee play a let? Everybody heard the call from the stands.

Wayne Says:

please explain….Federer beat Harrison in a tie breaker in the 2nd set, so the game score is 7-6, but next to the 6 is a lttle number 3….what does the little number 3 represent exactly, please….thanks

Stella Says:

Hope 60 minutes doesn’t show this…


Bella Says:

@wayne the little number 3 stands for the fact that roger won thed tiebreak 7 points to 3. If he lets say won it 7-5 the little number would have been 5.

Dave Says:

Sienna: Thanks. Yeah, Roger was not happy that Delpo had challenged so late and the umpire allowed it.

By the fourth set, Federer’s lower back was probably stiffening (the Swiss press reported Federer played with a back injury) and his serve effectiveness was dropping. He was probably hoping to finish by the fourth set. Though down in the tiebreak, it’s fair to say that Roger had a good chance to win the tiebreak simply because he has the best tie-break winning record in the history of tiebreaks.

As far as I know, i think the umpire was within the rules not to play a let despite the audible fan noise as the fans in stands were part of fixed conditions. Perhaps someone can tell us the specific rule that applies.

Nirmal Kumar: “did Roger not take a toilet break against Davydenko in AO 10, not sure if it’s 4th round or quarters. I believe that was within a set, not at the end of set.”

Nope, the first thought should always be that Roger follows the rules, that’s why his peers have voted him for the sportsmanship award a record number of times.

It was end of first set, then he took a toilet break (every player can take two breaks in a best of five set match, as long as it is a the set break). Go to around 6:40 of this clip. The set break did not affect Davydenko as he remained on fire for a few more games, until Federer got his engine started. (imagine, between 2008 Wimbledon and 2010 Australian Open, Fed could have won 7 consecutive slams had he won three sets in the five-setter losses of 2008 Wimby, 2009 AO, 2009 USO).

The old rule used to allow toilet breaks on changeovers, then they changed it to set breaks because some players were abusing it. At IW, Nadal should have known better than to ask the umpire for a toilet break and the umpire was in the wrong to allow Nadal to take a toilet break at changeover.

Nirmal Kumar Says:

Harrison, pretty much sums up Roger’s game now. There is lot more conviction in his shots compared to last year, and he is playing probably the best tennis played in the last 4 years. The quality of tennis he is playing is even better than what Novak played in AO 2011.


Ajet Says:

Hopefully federer will win at least slam this year! i also want murray to win at least one slam. djoker/jmdp shpuld pick up the remaining slam

Ajet Says:

do you guys think that fed can win this title too???

alison hodge Says:

Ajet Rogers on the crest of a wave ATM,so anything is possible,one things for sure hes brimming with confidence,so i certainly would not put it past him,seems reborn has a second wind.

Brando Says:

Fed COULD win the title- BUT he most likely has to beat nole.

That’s probably 50/50 atm.

Fed has recent form, confidence, troubling game for nole.

Nole has conditions which favour him, he seems motivated, and beat fed last time they played here.

Re Fed grand slam chances:

RG: IF he faces nadal in final, history says he has a tough task there, IF he gets nole in final, i’d say 50/50.

Wimby: As good a chance as anyone here. I think ONLY rafa, at his best, can give fed a match here. IF him and nadal are not in the same half- we should, hopefully, get a Fedal final.

USO: Again as good a chance as anyone here. He, on paper, should be more comfortable against nadal here due to the surface IF they were to meet. He’ll also give nole and murray a very tough time here.

In summary, i think he’ll win a slam, IF i were to bet on one, i’d probably say USO since he’s 5 in a row there, plus 2 back to back SF finishes were he had MP’s.

Mr Larvey Says:

I’m still hoping that Fed would return to top of the rankings at least for a few weeks. If you count the points from last 9 months the situation is as follows (2.7.2011 untill now):

Federer 6800
Djokovic 6700
Murray 4940
Nadal 3910

Of course there is still lots of points to be collected before July, but at least there is a fair chance!

racquet Says:

According to Darren Cahill, Raonic just pulled out with an ankle injury. Pity, I was looking forward to the first meeting with Murray.

Mr Larvey Says:

@Racquet, that’s a shame. I was waiting for that match. I think that Murray would have been in trouble with Raonic.

racquet Says:

@Mr Larvey: yes, it undoubtedly would have been tough, but Murray handles big servers well. Excellent record against them.

They’re bound to meet up sooner or later – probably during the clay swing.

Mr Larvey Says:

@Racquet, Agreed, Murray is a great reciever! However, Raonic has other weapons beside his serve. Of course the slow conditions in Miami would have favoured Murray a bit, but I still feel that Milos would have had a fair chance against Murray…

Brando Says:

ahh, unlucky for raonic- hope he gets well soon.

andy should make the SFs now…

but dont take anything, as is his MO, for granted with Mr Murray.

racquet Says:

Meanwhile, Dimitrov takes the 1st set against Berdych. Go Grigor! Could this be his breakthrough at long last?

Mr Larvey Says:

Murray still has Berdych in his draw, so I wouldn’t count him to SF yet.

Ajet Says:

please grigor, go go, beat him!

El Flaco Says:

Bummer if you had Raonic upsetting Murray in your challenge draw.

racquet Says:

Hehe…even Serena has turned up to watch Dimitrov play. I hope Grigor turns this 2nd set around and finish it in straights.

contemperory Says:

I guess no one replied to my previous post – is the court playing faster this year like Brad G had said?

Regarding Fed’s chances it definitely is more this year the way he is playing. If the court is faster the more his chances will be imo.

racquet Says:

@contemperory: I read that both Gilbert & Murray have said the Stadium is playing slow and the outside courts faster.

Nirmal Kumar Says:

contemperory: Looking at Roger’s match, I could see Ryan reach out to most of the balls which could have been a winner in a slightly faster courts. Looks like the Center Court is playing very slow.

contemperory Says:

Hmm, Fed will be playing all his matches only in the stadium right? Ok that explains the situation.

racquet Says:

Gah…Dimitrov! Pull yourself together and take the 3rd.

contemperory Says:

Dimitrov, like Harrison has no big wins to his credit, and I guess is over-rated.

racquet Says:

Dimitrov to serve for the match!

Kimmi Says:

maybe this is the time for dimitrov contemperory??? c’mon serve it out

Kimmi Says:

DF..nervous game.

Kimmi Says:

berdych is going for it. dimitrov can by a second serve

racquet Says:

Yes, Dimitrov does it! Is this his first win against a top 10 player?

Kimmi Says:

HE IS DONE IT!! congrats dimitrov. first time to win three matches in masters 1000. YAY!

racquet Says:

Yep, the commentator just said it’s the first. Fantastic win. And it looks like he did it with an iffy back.

Kimmi Says:

yes racquet, first top 10 win..but they say he beat berdych before, he might have been outside top 10 then.

racquet Says:

Yes kimmi you’re right. He beat berdy in Rotterdam in ’09 when he was ranked 23.

Ajet Says:

Am so excited!!! now get it going dimi! I’d love dimi to become a contender and champion!

right now, nobody has more exciting tennis style than fed, dimi and tsonga!

Ajet Says:

hopefully dimtrov gains confidenc with this win and going forward! I have always likd to watch dimi, sublime fluid smooth tennis style!
the match between him and rafa at rotterdam is one of my faves!

Bella Says:

I was wondering does anyone of you know why dimitrov style of play and mannerism on court are very similiar to fed? Is he a big fan or does it have to do with him having feds old coach?

alison hodge Says:

great win for dimitrov,always nice to see an underdog,taking a scalp from a top player,so glad as ive never really took to berdych,who went down in my estimations, after that incident against almagro at the ao.

jane Says:

I didn’t see today’s match but I did see Dimitrov/Berdych at the Hopman Cup and although Berd won that one, it was close. Good accomplishment for Grigor today. He may even be able to go further if he can beat Tipsy next round.

bstevens Says:

Dimitrov first beat Berdych in Rotterdam 2009 as a 17 year old. That was the same tournament in which Dimitrov took a set off Rafa. I hope that Grigor can start to string some wins together and show the potential that everyone expects from him.

racquet Says:

So, Simon beats Melzer and will be Murray’s next opponent.

racquet Says:

@Jane, I did…about 3 hours ago ;)

jane Says:

Lol, a little slow off the mark today racquet. Thanks.

Dan Martin Says:

http://tennisabides.com/2012/03/25/sony-ericssonmiami-predictions-for-3-25-2012/ My predictions for ATP and WTA matches today – so far 8-4 (not counting my pick of Murray as Raonic being hurt makes it a non-match).

Steve 27 Says:

While Djokovic gets a practice match with his buddy and countryman Troicki…
CHANGE: While Federer gets a practice match with his buddy and countryman Wawrinka…

Arrogant Dave Pekinzee as always.

skeezerweezer Says:


Errr…uh? Steve 27 if you want to make a point you need to make sense?

Steve 27 Says:

skeezerweezer for Federer and Djokovic, Wawrinka and Troicki ARE PIECE OF CAKE without distinction, you only have to look their head to head between them.
By the way, are you his advocate?

Eric Says:

I think mr. weezer’s point was that wawrinka isn’t even playing in this tournament, so why are you bringing him up?

the_mind_reels Says:

Just tuned in to Mayer v. Isner, and Isner looks completely done. He is spinning every serve in and making very lazy looking errors. Perhaps IW took too much out of him.

Steve 27 Says:

eric, if you don’t understand you have a problem.

Steve 27 Says:

I think at the end of the year [Novak] Djokovic will be No. 1,” he said. “Then No. 2 will be [Rafael] Nadal, then [Roger] Federer, then [Andy] Murray. Not much will change. Djokovic is doing really well, and I think it’s going to be difficult for Nadal this year because Djokovic just keeps getting better and better and he has the confidence edge over him right now. And Federer is getting older, which is normal of course, and Murray has the game but he is still missing something for me.”
said Safín.

Michael Says:

Now-a-days it is disconcerting that Roger is not able to serve out matches. It is more of a recent phenomenon. We had him give away matches on match points. Fans are not pretty confident when Roger serves for the set or a match. They know he is vulnerable to be broken. I do not know whether it is concerned with the quality of his serve, nerves or opponents play. But although the overall quality of Roger’s game has improved, this is hurting. I am sure Roger will find a answer to this very soon as otherwise this is going to hurt him in big matches may be with someone like Novak, Nadal and Murray.

Steve 27 Says:

Michael, when you are in yours 30s, concentration downs and affect your game. Federer is no different like other great players in that department.

Ajet Says:

”Steve 27 Says:
Michael, when you are in yours 30s, concentration downs and affect your game. Federer is no different like other great players in that department.”

well said steve27!

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