Break Points: March 26, 2014

Notable Results:

  • Miami R4: Alexandr Dolgopolov d. Stanislas Wawrinka, 6-4 3-6 6-1
  • Miami R4: Kei Nishikori d. David Ferrer, 7-6(7) 2-6 7-6(9)
  • Miami QF: Dominika Cibulkova d. Agnieszka Radwanska, 3-6 7-6(5) 6-3
  • Miami QF: Novak Djokovic d. Andy Murray, 7-5 6-3

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Roger Federer looks back to his first meeting with–and first loss to–Rafael Nadal, and gives us some context:

Q.  Speaking of different times, it’s been a decade, 2004 I think your first match, first tournament here. 

Q. Where you played against Nadal. What do you think and how do you feel about that?
ROGER FEDERER:  It was a tough tournament. I came off of sunstroke in Indian Wells after beating Henman in the finals. I was in bed for four or five days, and then came here. I beat Davydenko somehow 7‑5 in the third.

Then started feeling better and played Rafa, who was a new guy on the tour. I remember it was one of those matches, 6‑3, 6‑4 maybe. I don’t even remember what the score was exactly, but never really got into the match. Still maybe a bit tired but he played great.

But he played great and I was impressed with what I saw. Don’t quite remember what I thought of going into the match, you know, what the buzz was around him, but ‑‑ I’m not sure who he beat to get to me.

But, anyway, I mean, that was clearly for him a big arrival on the scene, you know, especially on the hard courts as well to beat ‑‑I was world No. 1 at the time as well. Because that’s always a big deal if you can beat a world No. 1 on the hard courts, like when I beat Hewitt here I think a couple years earlier.

It’s just like it’s a big deal. I think everybody thought he was just a clay courter, and he proved that he was probably going to be more than just that.  Went on to have this great career many expected him to have.

Regarding a controversial point at the end of the first set in today’s Djokovic-Murray tilt, it quickly became clear that no one knew what the rulebook actually says:

Novak Djokovic was caught up in a controversy after reaching over the net to hit a ball in his Miami quarterfinal against Andy Murray. With Murray serving at 5-6 in the first set, Djokovic hit a volley to win the first point of the game. Replays clearly showed that Djokovic had reached over the net to hit the ball, which is against the rules.

Murray argued with the umpire after no call was made, and also questioned Djokovic, who said little. After losing the point, Murray dropped his serve at love to give Djokovic the first set. Murray would go on to lose the match, 7-5, 6-3.

It’s not unthinkable that the Sony Open would leave Miami. The tournament isn’t what it used to be, and there might be more money in it if the event relocates.

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