Roger Federer Dumped Out of Miami Open by Thanasi Kokkinakis. Thanasi Kokkinakis gave a dazzling surprise at the ATP tournament in Miami on Saturday. The Australian qualifier was the defending champion Roger Federer in the second round.
Federer (36) is also the first place on the world ranking list due to the defeat. He seemed against the current global number 175 on the way to a simple win. The Swiss dragged in the first set with 6-3 in half an hour.
The 21-year-old Kokkinakis, who had been able to prove his great talent because of injuries, showed resilience and took the second set thanks to an early break with the same figures.
Federer could also keep up with the qualifier in the third set and dragged a decisive tiebreak out of the fire. In it he managed to bring Federer into trouble with his offensive game, after which he scored his first match point at 6-4 in the tiebreak: 3-6, 6-3 and 7-6 (4).
In the third round, Kokkinakis hits the Spaniard Fernando Verdasco, 31st, who also won in three sets from his compatriot Guillermo Garcia-Lopez: 4-6, 6-0 and 6-2.
For Roger Federer, it is only his second loss of the season. He preferred to win seventeen matches in a row until he went down against Juan Martin Del Potro last week in the final of Indian Wells.
The number one in the world also went down among women. Simona Halep lost to Agnieszka Radwanska, who dropped to the world ranking in 32nd place: 6-3, 2-6, 3-6.
In the previous round, the 26-year-old Halep had a hard time too. Then she battled Oceane Dodin from France in the third set back from a deficit of 4-2. Against Radwanska, the number one in the ranking list in Miami failed to overturn the game.
The tournament in Miami thus lost the second high ranking player. Earlier, the curtain already fell for Caroline Wozniacki, the global number two. The Danish lost in the second round to Monica Puig from Puerto Rico.
Kiki Bertens did manage to win her first match in Miami on Friday. De Wateringse, who had a bye in the first round, defeated the American Varvara Lepchenko and faced Venus Williams in the third round.