31st seed American Andy Roddick defeated the no.3 seed Roger Federer in the 3rd round of the Miami Tennis Masters, winning 7-6 (4) 1-6 6-4 and proved that he can still mix it with the top guys.
This was only the third victory for Roddick out of the 24 career meetings against Federer. He beat the Swiss once this year, at the MSG Exhibition and his prior win to that happened exactly on the same court as today, in the 2008 quarterfinals.
Federer’s defeat came a bit surprisingly as he was on a 16 match winning streak and had just captured his 19th Masters title last week in Indian Wells.
“I’m never going to catch up to Roger, but I love when I have days like this. This is why I play. I can understand why Roger had so many fans here, because of all his achievements, and it didn’t matter to me who you were rooting for, I’m just so happy fans are excited about tennis. This was a great atmosphere to play in.” said Roddick after the match.
Federer had a couple of break points opportunities in the first set, but didn’t convert them. The set went with serve and it was Roddick who came out on top in the tiebreak, taking a lead in the match.
The Swiss came storming back, allowing Roddick only one game in the second set and levelling the match at 1 set all in front of the 14,000 plus crowd.
It was Federer again, who had four break point chances in the second game of the third set, but Roddick managed to save them and broke the Swiss in the very next game. The American former world no.1 held his serve for the rest of the set and after converting the match point with a 134mph serve, he raised his hands to the sky and the crowd went wild.
In the 4th round, Roddick will play Juan Monaco, who upset the Frenchman Gael Monfils, beating him in three sets 4-6 6-3 6-4.