Friday Seeded Bloodbath at Men’s Miami Open Tennis; Federer Saturday
by Staff | March 25th, 2017, 12:37 am

It was a bloodbath on Friday at the Miami Open as two Top 10 seeds out of a total of 10 overall seeds made exits.
Safely into the third round were Top 10 seeds No. 2 Kei Nishikori who stunted the big serving of Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-3; No. 3 Milos Raonic who defeated veteran Serb Viktor Troicki 6-3, 7-5; and No. 5 Rafa Nadal who eased past Israel’s Dudi Sela 6-3, 6-4.

“I’m not necessarily in the best position right now, but fortunately it’s a long tournament,” Raonic said. “Doesn’t mean things can’t change and I can’t get better throughout this event.”

Nadal is 0-4 in career Miami finals.

“It was difficult to find the right feelings this afternoon, but it’s these kind of days where you have to just try to win,” Nadal said. “That’s what I did and I am very happy with that. This tournament is a tough tournament and anything can happen.”

Also among the seeded winners were No. 13 Jack Sock, No. 25 Fernando Verdasco and No. 26 Philipp Kohlschreiber who edged unseeded American teen Taylor Fritz 7-5, 3-6, 7-6(4).

The parade of upset-makers were France’s Jeremy Chardy outlasting No. 7 Marin Cilic 6-4, 2-6, 6-3; Argentine Guido Pella edging No. 9 Grigor Dimitrov 6-3, 7-6(4); American Donald Young toppling No. 11 Lucas Pouille 6-2, 6-4; Argentine Federico Delbonis coming back to beat No. 15 Pablo Carreno 1-6, 7-5, 6-2; Czech Jiri Vesely handling No. 19 Albert Ramos 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-3; German Jan-Lennard Struff rolling No. 20 Gilles Simon 6-1, 6-1; France’s Benoit Paire defeating No. 21 Pablo Cuevas 7-5, 6-0; France’s Nicolas Mahut outlasting No. 23 Steve Johnson 6-4, 5-7, 6-4; American Jared Donaldson serving past No. 28 Mischa Zverev 6-4, 6-4; and Italian Fabio Fognini ousting No. 30 Joao Sousa 7-6(8), 2-6, 6-3.

Highlights Saturday in Miami are (4) Roger Federer vs. (Q) Frances Tiafoe, (29) Juan Martin del Potro vs. Robin Haase, (22) Sam Querrey vs. Tommy Robredo, and (6) Dominik Thiem vs. Borna Coric.

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52 Comments for Friday Seeded Bloodbath at Men’s Miami Open Tennis; Federer Saturday

FedExpress Says:

oh dimitrov. it tool one bad loss (to sock) to play shitty tennis again.

his good start seems more like a fluke now. mentally he is garbage.

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madmax Says:

Hardly a bloodbath. What a strange headline.

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Its incredible how irrelevant Marin Cilic has become since his Slam win. How is he still in the top ten? I know the rankings don’t lie, he must be getting some decent results, but I can’t recall him being involved in any late tourney storylines.

What a disappointment that Dmitrov hasn’t been able to build on his AO performance. Could he wind up like Verdasco, most famous for his losses? Also disappointed that Lucas Pouille hasn’t broken through.

Good to see Raonic and Rafa through. I feel like Nishikori is becoming the new Ferrer: he keeps making deep runs, but you just feel like he’s never going to win and he’s just robbing the QF spot of someone who could.

Old School Says:

KN is striking the ball better than ever and his return has also improved. He has compensated for vulnerbility like lack of reach at net. To win a major he’ll need a break, great draw, upsets, good match ups and weather. Lot of pieces have to come together. Very very good can sometimes get it done. Sometimes but rare

Vidzy Says:

Worst headline ever…!!

Daniel Says:


Cilic is only in top ten due to his Cincy title last year over Murray. He may remain there a while more due to those 1000 pts, once they come out he will be out of top 10. I had him and Berdych out in the beggining of the year. My only bold move was choosing Poullie to break top 10, but he is not inpressing me right now.

FedExpress Says:

fed having another donskey match after a big title?

jatin Says:

Fed express
No way man. He is playing good. Its just Tiafoe playing some great tennis as well ( his shots have so much depth).
But, the courts are so slow and bouncy. It feels like they are playing on clay courts.

jatin Says:

Tiafoe breaks. This teen has a lot of potential.

steve-o Says:

Federer won the TB pretty handily.

Tiafoe hits hard and he has a good serve, he is playing well. Now he’s broken to start the second set.

FedExpress Says:

Fed makes look every court fast

jatin Says:

Fed breaks back. Firing his Neo backhand again :)

FedExpress Says:

fed in the rallies. what a sight nowadays.

jatin Says:

Certainly FedExpress.

jatin Says:

Fed is coming with that backhand more now. Taking it super early

Colin Says:

That’s the first set of tennis I’ve seen from Tiafoe, and I am extremely impressed. If he continues to get good coaching he has a great future, with a technical game that will improve steadily, and a calm temperament that comes naturally to him. That calmness is an example to some of the young prima donnas we have seen.

FedExpress Says:

first time in the last two weeks for fed where didnt win a game after having BPs???!!!

Tif holds after being 0-40 down

jatin Says:

That is what I was thinking as well. He has made a habit of converting these break points these days.

jatin Says:

I agree Colin

jatin Says:

Fed played amazing. He is serving exceptional.
Tiafoe played great as well. Showed no sign of nerves at all, has a lot of potential. His calm attitude really impressed me.

jatin Says:

Fed had 9 winners from his backhand side compared to 6 from his forehand. Says it all.

Daniel Says:

live link was bad, was only able to watch last 2 games.

Good 2 set wins, playing new players for the first time is always trick, either is a washout or a more competitive match like this one.

Next DelPo, than Querrey or Agut, Berdy / Thiem QF, Wawa semis. A lot of potential power hitters one after another. He will have to be super sharp on defense as well in this slower courts.

steve-o Says:

Harder for Federer to put the ball away in these conditions. Federer might win this tournament but he will surely struggle more than he did at IW, where he could strike the ball a lot more cleanly. I suspect he’ll have to go three sets at some point.

Agree with Colin, Tiafoe is fun to watch and has good court sense, too. He didn’t really get down on himself, just kept going for his shots.

J.S. Says:

Oh I had my pom poms out for Tiafoe!!! Dang it!!!

FedExpress Says:

Fed is on a high atm. Hope its last till WTF.

J.S. Says:

Sorry I am NOT a FED fan so hope he goes out early! Sick of all the hoopla and his arrogance…..maybe the MO conditions will help my wish!

FedExpress Says:

hahahaha J.S.

J.S. Says:


Travis Bickle Says:

Hey guys, here is skeezer with his boyfriend at the Federer-Tiafoe match today. It shows how much they miss Djoker, even when he’s not playing tournaments.

Also shows how much of duchebags Fed fans are, but we already knew that…

Colin Says:

That picture at the head of the article could almost be a picture of the current scene in sunny Miami! And to think there used to be jokes about rain at Wimbledon.

In contrast to Tiafoe’s calmness, did you see Thiem destroy his racquet? I never thought there should be penalty points for that; it’s their property. Just fine them and send the money to some organization promoting the game for young folk.

jatin Says:

They are not true fed fans. I will consider them nole haters. A true fan will cheer for his player, but never HATE on any other player.
I find that clip absolutely disgusting and kind of sad really. Nole is such a great ambassador of tennis, a LEGEND and a wonderful person. He does not deserve this, no player does.
This clip should not have been captured in the first place, they just got EXTRA publicity.

Okiegal Says:

I’m not a Novak fan but that link above is really pathetic. How can people get to be so ignorant……disgusting!!! If it was supposed to be funny…..a miserable fail…

Berghain Says:


Daniel Says:

Them about to go out to Coric, that’s why he was so pissed.

Aced out Says:

Fed managed to cross over the Tifoe hurdle and on his way to winning this one too hopefully. Here’s an interesting one of the BIG three + Murray ..

madmax Says:

Well, what a great match with Tiafoe. Seriously, an interesting, new contender. A little bit of background from this huge talent:

Hedge-fund billionaire Bill Ackman has amassed a fortune by recognizing potential, so it made perfect sense to pledge his financial support when he saw young Frances Tiafoe on a tennis court.

That belief in Tiafoe, the son of a tennis center janitor who had emigrated from Sierra Leone to the U.S., is starting to pay off. Tiafoe, now 17 and ranked No. 257 on the men’s ATP tennis tour, makes his U.S. Open debut Tuesday afternoon against Viktor Troicki of Serbia, the 22nd seed.

Ackman and Tiafoe met in 2013 at the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, Maryland, where Constant Tiafoe was the head of maintenance and Frances first picked up a racket at the age of 3. Frances now is a professional and considered one of the top young U.S. men’s players.

“He’s got raw talent and enormous power,” said Ackman, 49, an avid tennis player who has played doubles with Tiafoe. “He’s got incredible potential. A huge game.”

I was really surprised at how well Tiafoe was playing. He has a big game and lots of energy! Good luck to him for the future.

HJF Says:

Agree with Okie and Jatin ….

madmax Says:

Wog Boy Says:
“It shows how much they miss Djoker, ”

Actually, imo it shows how much they are butthurt. I always knew that fedfanatics are bunch of wankers, but this time around they raised the bar of fanaticism even more. I hope Nole has seen this:)

March 25th, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Speak for yourself Wogboy…that is all I read from you these days. You have become utterly and completely bitter about tennis. It’s a damn shame, because I think once, you used to be different. Now? far from this.

Markus Says:

I love how some cannot contain their bitterness and spew it out against Federer and his fans. This recent resurgence of Federer has become unbearable for them. The more vitriol from them the happier I feel. Keep the hatred coming guys. It is inversely proportional to Federer’s greatness. Use some common sense. How can we hurt when Roger keeps winning? Remember 18 at 35. Your insults only bounce back to you.

HJF Says:

Not exactly classy to call Federers fans wankers either, and im talking about the lady in the link ….

Tennis Vagabond Says:

I didn’t see the Coric match, can someone fill us in? Is Coric ready for big time, or is Thiem’s rise stalled? He doesn’t seem to have gained any momentum since his breakthrough last spring. Of course, being top 10 or close to it is amazing, but it doesn’t seem like he’s done anything especially noteworthy since the French.

The Fed match was great. This kid looks looks like the real deal. Disappointed that Fed has to play Del Potro next, but on the good side, one of my favourites is assured to make the R16.

Daniel Says:

Yeah TV,

Hope DelPo has better luck with the draws on clay.

Let’s see how tomorrow goes, he has the tools to get past Federer but I stkll give the edge to Federer at this form and confidence.

Tiago Silva Says:


Is there any place where i can see the games? Like Federer-Tiafoe? Any site with that content?

Many thanks

skeezer Says:

Hey TB,
Thought you might enjoy reading this:
Instead of Fed trolling. Enjoy.

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Disappointing article Skeeze, nothing new. The comment from Jelena is just a nothing. Hardly evidence of home-front conflict. What we know from Becker’s comments, and from Novak’s following the French, is that he does not have the same intense focus he had. That alone is reason enough to drop from #1. When you don’t have that drive, other problems (weakness from poor diet, niggling injuries) seem bigger.
The next 3 months are the most intense part of the season. We may never know what caused the drop, but we’ll know soon if he’s coming back from it.
It would be a real shame if the next generation comes into the kingdom because the current royalty is old and tired. I want to see someone wrench the trophies from the Big Fours hands, as Hewitt and Safin did to Sampras who seemed indomitable at the time. It would really be shocking if Fed is the last man standing of this era’s champions.

Tiago Silva Says:



J.S. Says:

MILOS RAONIC has pulled out of the Miami Open with an injury. He was suppose to play tonight and is in Rafa’s bracket.

Tennis Vagabond Says:

JS, terrible news. The Gods are conspiring for another Fed/Rafa finals!

madmax Says:

HJF Says:
Not exactly classy to call Federers fans wankers either, and im talking about the lady in the link ….

March 26th, 2017 at 8:43 am

HJF, it is the way that Wogboy speaks – and should be monitored for language like that. He is fortunate this time. Should wash his mouth out with soap.

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