Federer rocked by 'tough' Miami loss to Roddick

Former world No. 1 Roger Federer has already won three titles in 2012, but saw his 16-match winning run ended.

Story highlights

  • Roger Federer loses to Andy Roddick, ending a 16-match winning streak
  • The former world No. 1's serve broken just once in a two-hour match with American Roddick
  • Defending champion Novak Djokovic through after beating Viktor Troicki
  • U.S. No. 1 Mardy Fish into the last 16 after win over South Africa's Kevin Anderson

Roger Federer dropped his serve just once during a two-hour battle with Andy Roddick at the Miami Masters, but it was enough to end the former world No. 1's 16-match winning streak.

Federer, who has already clinched three titles in 2012, boasts a strong record against world No. 34 Roddick and has beaten the American in four major finals among his record 16 grand slam crowns.

But Roddick, the U.S. Open champion in 2003, dug deep to record a 7-6 (7-4) 1-6 6-4 win -- only his third over the Swiss in 24 meetings and his second at the U.S. hard-court event.

"For me, it was obviously a tough loss," Federer told the tournament's official website. "The one service game where I got broken, he really goes for it and it all works out.

"I had my chances. I thought Andy did well to get the first, and then to put me in the situation I guess in the third. I could have been up a break early in the third, but he did well also to fight off those break points. He served really well."

Roddick, a two-time winner in Miami, set up a last-16 tie against Argentine 21st seed Juan Monaco.

"It was kind of a game of chess," said Roddick, also a former world No. 1. "I stayed back on the returns, which is something I have not done with him often early on. I think he might have been a little bit surprised by it.

"He started coming in a lot and putting the pressure on me, and it was 6-1 in the second and 0-40 early in the third. It was apparent that that wasn't going to work much longer.

"So I said, 'Well, all right. Let's kinda go over the top aggressive.' I was able to get out of that game and play that really good game to break, and then my serve held up from there."

Defending champion Novak Djokovic had no such problems, as the world No. 1 won 6-3 6-4 against fellow Serb and 27th seed Viktor Troicki to set up a clash with Frenchman Richard Gasquet.

"Generally, I feel that I have been playing well in my first two matches," the 2012 Australian Open champion said.

"I did have some ups and downs, especially in today's match, but I'm confident that I can raise the level of performance in every match."

Spanish fifth seed David Ferrer and 2009 U.S. Open winner Juan Martin del Potro will face off on Tuesday after scoring wins against French No. 30 Julien Benneteau and 23rd-ranked Croat Marin Cilic respectively.

U.S. No. 1 Mardy Fish also advanced with a straight-sets defeat of South African No. 28 Kevin Anderson. Spanish 12 seed Nicolas Almagro awaits in the next round, having beaten compatriot Fernando Verdasco 6-3 6-4.

"Almagro has been playing great this year, even on hard courts," said Fish. "He'll be a tough player."

      Tennis

    • Rafael Nadal of Spain watches the ball in his match against Martin Klizan of Slovakia during during day seven of the China Open at the National Tennis Center on October 3, 2014 in Beijing, China.

      What does 2015 hold for Rafa?

      Rafael Nadal's body might be giving him a few problems, but his mind remains as strong as ever. Will the Spaniard add to his haul of 14 grand slam titles?
    • LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17: Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and his long time girlfriend Kim Sears arrive at Buckingham Palace on October 17, in London, England. Murray will become an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) and receive his medal from the Duke of Cambridge. (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

      Love game: Andy Murray to tie knot

      The Scot has served up a few changes to his support team in 2014 but there's one person who isn't going anywhere -- his new fiancée Kim Sears.
    • Despite being forced to retire at the age of 24 due to health problems, Lacoste remained in the game and went on start the "Lacoste" brand in 1933, which specialised in tennis products. The inspiration for the company's logo came from his nickname as a player, "le crocodile."

      'Crocodile' who broke all the rules

      His distinctive crocodile logo is seen on clothing all over the world, but Rene Lacoste also left a lasting legacy in the development of tennis.
    • Serena Williams of the US holds the US Open trophy after defeating Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark during their US Open 2014 women's singles finals match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Center September 7, 2014 in New York. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

      Serena savors U.S. Open win

      Serena Williams is without peer in the modern women's game and now she is on a par with two American tennis legends from the past.
    • American tennis player and golfer Althea Gibson (right) receives a kiss from compatriot Darlene Hard, whom she beat in two sets to become the first black woman to win the Women's Singles Finals at Wimbledon.

      The amazing life of Althea Gibson

      Over the course of her remarkable life, Althea Gibson was many things to many people -- but it was tennis where she really left her mark.
    • Courting couple at match point

      "I didn't cry once when I practiced in front of the mirror," says Martin Emmrich. But the nerves kicked in when he got down on one knee on court.
    • LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 03: Tennis / Frauen: Wimbledon 2004, London; Finale; Siegerin Maria SHARAPOVA / RUS 03.07.04. (Photo by Bongarts/Bongarts/Getty Images)

      'Baby' Sharapova's big moment

      It's 10 years since a teenage Maria Sharapova became the darling of Wimbledon's hallowed Center Court, launching herself as a star.
    • 'Swiss Miss' follows mom's lead

      Five-time grand slam champion Martina Hingis has followed her mom into a coaching role, setting up a new tennis academy in Barcelona, Spain.