No.3 seed Roger Federer won his opening match at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, beating the American wildcard holder Ryan Harrison 6-2 7-6 (3).
The former world no.1 Federer, who had a bye in the first round, cruised through the first set and was dominating the second set as he took a 5-2 lead. There was a bit of confusion when the Swiss was serving for the match at 5-3. Federer was facing two break points and on the first one he hit a forehand that had landed on the baseline, but someone from the crowd shouted ‘OUT’! Federer stopped playing and by the time he realized that the rally was still on, he lost the point and the game. Harrison managed to force a tiebreak, but it was the 16 times Grand Slam champion who clinched it and booked his place in the third round.
Federer will play Andy Roddick next. Roddick defeated Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 6-3 6-2 and he didn’t face a single break point throughout the whole match.
Roddick managed to beat Federer only twice in their previous 23 meetings.
In the other matches, no.23 seed Marin Cilic of Croatia dismissed Igor Kunitsyn of Russia 6-3 7-6 (1), the Spaniard Fernando Verdasco overcame the German qualifier Bjorn Phau, beating him 6-3 6-0 and the French no.14 seed Gael Monfils ousted the Ukrainian qualifier Sergei Bubka 6-4 6-4.