Federer pounds Kiefer to advance at Miami

March 30th, 2009 - 2:50 pm ICT by IANS  

Roger Federer Miami, March 30 (DPA) Roger Federer polished his mighty game at the expense of Nicolas Kiefer as he hammered the German 6-4, 6-1 to storm into the third round of Miami Masters tennis.
The Swiss second seed and two-time winner at Crandon Park spent little more than an hour to rout the German on a cloudy, muggy Sunday afternoon. The World No.2 never faced a break point as he beat the veteran for the 11th consecutive time.

“Kiwi is the only player whom I’ve beaten at all four Grand Slams,” said Federer, who is yet to win his first title of 2009. “It was very windy out there today and I know he doesn’t like those conditions.

“I tried to really place my first serve, knowing that I can always count on my second. I’m happy to get a good win and move ahead,” said the 13-time Grand Slam winner who has faced Kiefer every year since 2000.

Federer will next play Taylor Dent, coming back from several years of back problems including operations and time in a body cast. The American booked his fourth-round spot over Spanish 15th seed Tommy Robredo 7-5, 6-3.

Fifth seed Andy Roddick complained to no avail about a slippery court as he defeated Dmitry Tursunov 7-6 (11-9), 6-2. Roddick was vehement in expressing his displeasure to chair umpire Norm Chryst as tempers flared briefly on centre court.

“I basically was wondering how many more times we were going to play on a slippery court,” said Roddick. “He said, ‘Well, no one has fallen yet.’ I said, ‘Well, if that’s a barometer, then we have a problem’.”

The 2004 Miami champion fired 11 aces in his winning effort.

French seventh seed Gilles Simon staged a fightback to beat ATP comeback player of the year Rainer Schuettler, putting out the German 3-6, 6-1, 6-1.

Compatriot Gael Monfils outlasted Marat Safin 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3) in a third-set comeback thriller while France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga stopped Robert Kendrick 7-5, 6-4.

Women’s seed suffered a run of upsets, with No. 2 Dinara Safina ushered out 6-1, 6-4 by in-form Australian Samantha Stosur.

Safina, who lost a chance to take over the No. 1 WTA ranking from Serena Williams last week in Indian Wells, gave up any chance of advancing in Miami as she went down to Stosur, ranked 42nd.

“It was just a disaster match,” said the disillusioned Russian. “I began to play a little bit better in the second set, but it was too late.

“She’s a great player, she played very good. I can just say it was sad the way I played today. Basically I wasn’t playing.”

The upsets didn’t stop with the Russian, as Serb Ana Ivanovic followed compatriot Jelena Jankovic out of the event in a 4-6, 6-4, 1-6 loss to Hungarian Agnes Szavay.

Serbian hopes - which burned so brightly in 2008 when Ivanovic won the French Open, Jankovic ended as the season No. 1 and Novak Djokovic claimed the Australian Open title - have dimmed now.

“I hardly did anything well today, I am really disappointed,” said Ivanovic.

China’s Li Na sent out sixth seed Vera Zvonareva 6-4, 3-6, 6-2. Top seed Serena Williams beat Peng Shuai 7-5, 6-2.

Olympic champion Elena Dementieva kept herself alive with 6-2, 6-2 beating of No. 4 beating Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro.

Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova beat Nicole Vaidisova 6-1, 6-4 while her compatriot, No. 11 Victoria Azarenka, stopped Anna Chakvetadze 6-1, 6-4. The Russians was joined in the fourth round by No.5 Venus Williams, who beat Germany’s Anna-Lena Groenefeld 7-5, 6-3.

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