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Roddick upsets Federer in Miami

Roger Federer acknowledges the fans after his 6-7, 6-1, 4-6, loss to Andy Roddick at the Miami Masters.  

Roger Federer went down to long-time rival Andy Roddick at the Miami Masters, marketing the end of an undefeated run of form, which has yielded three straight titles in 2012, with a 7-6 (7-4), 1-6, 6-4 third round defeat.

After suffering his earliest loss since 2004 at the event, which he won in 2005 and 2006, Federer gave credit to Roddick, a former number one and loser in three Wimbledon finals to the impeccable Swiss, often called the best to ever play the game.

“I lost against a former number one,” said Federer. “It wasn’t some guy ranked 30 in the world — that ranking is not real. I didn’t underestimate Andy at all.” Since losing a Davis Cup rubber last month to American John Isner.

Federer welcomed seeing Roddick on form. “I’m happy to see him play really well. He’s a great champion; enjoy him while you have him. It was a great night for him and America’s tennis.

“For me it was tough, but I thought he had some very good moments, and it was a close match. It was just, didn’t go my way today.” Federer will now take time off after more than a month of solid, winning play.

The Swiss said that the fatigue from “maybe 30 matches for the season” contributed to his lack of sharpness in Miami.

“I’m just feeling like it’s taken its toll a bit, which is normal. I’ve played more tired in the past, so this was not the most tired I have ever been, but you just start to feel it a bit.

“I didn’t just get the lucky break today that I got in Indian Wells. I regret missing my opportunities and giving myself maybe a chance for tomorrow. Then you never know how things all of a sudden turn out in the tournament. “It is what it is and I’ll deal with it the way I always have.”

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