Federer, Nadal lose in semis of Pacific Life OpenMarch 23rd, 2008 - 1:45 pm ICT by admin
Washington, March 23 (Xinhua) World No.1 Roger Federer and No.2 Rafael Nadal conceded defeats in the semi-finals of the Pacific Life Open tennis tournaments Saturday. Unseeded American Mardy Fish, a former top-20 player now ranked 98th in the world, blew past Federer 6-3, 6-2 after Nadal was swept by Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia with a similar score line.
“Could have served better, sure. Could have returned better, sure,” Federer said after the match. “But the guy was on top of his game. He took his chances.”
Federer, who has reigned as the world No.1 since 2004, has made an uncharacteristically slow start to the season, still searching for his first title of 2008.
A 12-time Grand Slam champion, he fell in the semi-finals of the Australian Open and was ousted in the first round at Dubai by Briton Andy Murray.
Earlier, Djokovic broke Nadal twice in each set to secure victory in one hour 28 minutes.
“I played really well and tactically I played really smart,” the 20-year-old Serb said. “I knew that I had to be aggressive, take control of the match and try to go for the shots, which I did.”
Nadal beat Djokovic 6-2, 7-5 in last year’s final.
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