Roger Federer continues his hunt for a fourth Miami Open title on Saturday, taking on Radu Albot for a place in the third round. With Novak Djokovic racking up the titles this decade, there has been little opportunity for him with just one final made since 2007.
Albot is in the form of his life right now, finally making the top 50 for the first time at the age of 29. He looks to have established himself as a mainstay of the tour, only dropping down to Challenger when necessary. He picked up his first ATP Tour title at Delray Beach, where he had impressive wins over Nick Kyrgios and Ivo Karlovic on his way to the title.
Federer is hoping to bounce back after his failure to secure a record seventh Indian Wells title. He was in control early on against Dominic Thiem in the final, but his backhand began to let him down as he faded throughout the match. “I feel really good, so why shouldn’t I go into the tournament (Miami) and to the event confident? But then again, we’ll see what the draw is like. We will see how I feel in six days.” he pondered following Indian Wells. Having lost to Thanasi Kokkinakis last year, he will be wary of the threat that unheralded players can pose to him on a bad day.
This should be a fairly routine outing for the 4th seed, who can play fellow Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka in round three. They faced off at Indian Wells, where Federer extended his lengthy head to head record with a quickfire 6-3 6-4 win over his countryman.
Prediction – Roger Federer in straight sets