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Tennis: Federer beats Karlovic in Miami opener

Roger Federer began his campaign at the WTA and ATP Miami Masters on Friday with a 6-4 7-6 (7/4) defeat of Ivo Karlovic. The fifth-seeded Swiss, now 11-1 all-time against the Croatian, was impeccable in the opening set, losing his only point on serve as he stood 5-4, 40-0 moments before serving out the opener. A winning tie-break in the second finally made the difference for Federer, now 42-12 in Miami with titles in 2005 and 2006. Federer missed the tournament a year ago as he rested with back pain but has turned his 2014 season around after a low-key 2013.

Federer, Ferrer advance to Miami 3rd round

U.S. Sports Desk, Mar 21 (EFE).- Switzerland's Roger Federer continued his strong start to the 2014 season with another victory on Friday, defeating big-serving Croat Ivo Karlovic 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) to advance to the third round of the Sony Open Tennis event in Miami. The fifth-ranked Swiss, who had defeated Karlovic in 10 of their previous 11 contests, completely dominated his service games en route to the routine win in an hour and 14 minutes.

Tennis: Federer outlasts Karlovic in Miami opener

Roger Federer began his campaign at the WTA and ATP Miami Masters on Friday with a 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) defeat of Ivo Karlovic. The fifth-seeded Swiss, now 11-1 all-time against the Croatian, was impeccable in the opening set, losing his only point on serve as he stood 5-4, 40-0 moments before serving out the opener. A winning tie-break in the second finally made the difference for Federer, now 42-12 in Miami with titles in 2005 and 2006.

Tennis: Federer outlasts Karlovic in Miami opener

Roger Federer began his campaign at the WTA and ATP Miami Masters on Friday with a 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) defeat of Ivo Karlovic. The fifth-seeded Swiss, now 11-1 all-time against the Croatian, was impeccable in the opening set, losing his only point on serve as he stood 5-4, 40-0 moments before serving out the opener. A winning tie-break in the second finally made the difference for Federer, now 42-12 in Miami with titles in 2005 and 2006.

Top seed Haas falls to unheralded Johnson at Delray Beach

(Reuters) - A day after displaying dominant form top seed Tommy Haas suffered an upset loss to unheralded American Steve Johnson 6-4 2-6 7-6 in the second round of the Delray Beach Open on Wednesday. Haas had opened the tournament with a breezy win over Wayne Odesnik Tuesday but the 35-year-old could not repeat the feat against an aggressive young opponent who had to win two qualifying matches to make the tournament's main draw. Johnson banged out 13 aces and did not fold when Haas mounted a rally and claimed the second set.

Tennis:Anderson advances over ill Karlovic at Delray

South African fourth seed Kevin Anderson, bidding for his second ATP Delray Beach Open crown in three seasons, reached the quarter-finals on Wednesday when Croatian Ivo Karlovic retired with a stomach virus. Anderson, who beat Australian Marinko Matosevic in the 2012 Delray final, held serve in the opening game and was poised to break when the big-serving European called it quits. Karlovic was coming off a run to last Sunday's ATP final at Memphis, where he lost to Japanese top seed Kei Nishikori.

Tennis: Top seed Haas, Hewitt win at Delray but Lu out

Top seed Tommy Haas and eighth seed Lleyton Hewitt breezed into the second round Tuesday at the $474,000 ATP Delray Beach Open, but Taiwan's Lu Yen-Hsun retired after a first-set win. World number 12 Haas, a 35-year-old German who won the event in 2006, needed only 55 minutes to eliminate US qualifier Wayne Odesnik 6-2, 6-1 while 32-year-old Aussie Hewitt, cheered on by countryman and golf legend Greg Norman, took 65 minutes to oust American Bradley Klahn 6-3, 6-1.

Tennis: Top seed Nishikori advances to Memphis final

Defending champion and top seed Kei Nishikori of Japan advanced to the final of the $647,000 ATP US Indoor Championships on Saturday by defeating American Michael Russell 6-3, 6-2. Nishikori, top-seeded for the first time in an ATP event, will play for his fourth tour crown on Sunday against the winner of a later semi-final between Taiwan fourth seed Lu Yen-Hsun and Croatia's Ivo Karlovic.

Tennis: Nishikori to face Karlovic for Memphis title

Defending champion Kei Nishikori will face big-serving Croatian Ivo Karlovic in Sunday's final of the $647,000 ATP US National Indoor Championships after each breezed to a semi-final victory on Saturday. Japanese star Nishikori, top seeded for the first time at an ATP event, defeated American Michael Russell 6-3, 6-2 while Karlovic advanced when Taiwan fourth seed Lu Yen-Hsun retired after losing the first set 6-1. Nishikori, ranked 16th, seeks his fourth ATP crown while Karlovic, ranked 80th, seeks his sixth career title.

Tennis: ATP Memphis results

Results on Tuesday from the $647,000 ATP US Indoor Championship: (x denotes seeding): 1st rd Ivo Karlovic (CRO) bt Matthew Ebden (AUS) 7-5, 6-4 Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ x8) bt Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) 7-6 (11/9), 7-5 Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) bt Rajeev Ram (USA) 6-3, 6-4 Benjamin Becker (GER) bt Lukas Lacko (SVK) 6-3, 6-2 afp
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