Federer dumped out of Miami Open

Roger Federer was dumped out of the Miami Open in sensational fashion on Saturday after losing a three-set thriller to young Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis.

The 21-year old, ranked 175 in the world, held his nerve during a third-set tie-break in their round of 32 match to see off the Swiss legend and record the biggest result of his career to date.

The loss means defending champion Federer, 36, will lose his position as world number one.

Kokkinakis stayed calm after losing the first set 6-3, and struck back in the next, breaking in game four before serving out to level things up.

The third set then went to a tie-break, which the Aussie took 7-4 to pull off the shock win and set up a last 16 meeting with Fernando Verdasco.

Speaking afterwards, Federer said there were no excuses.

“It felt like every time I had chances something bad happened – wrong decision making by me, good decisions from him,” Federer said.

“It’s disappointing, I don’t know why I could never get to a level I was happy with.”

Federer also said he would again miss the clay court season in order to be fully fit for the beginning of the grass court season and Wimbledon.

Saturday marked a good day for several other young guns at Miami.

Germany’s Alexander Zverev (4) fought back after losing the first set to beat Russian Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 1-6, 7-6(7-5), while Canadian teen Denis Shapovalov disposed of Damir Dzumhur 6-1, 7-5.

America’s Frances Tiafoe went the distance with 21st seed Briton Kyle Edmund, the 20-year Tiafoe eventually triumphing in a third set tie-break 7-6(7-4), 4-6, 7-6(7-5) after Edmund had saved five match points.

Croatian Borna Coric battled back from a set down to beat Argentinian Leo Mayer 6-7, (5-7)6-3, 6-4, while Sam Querrey (11) raced away in the second set to defeat Radu Albot of Moldova 7-6(7-4), 6-1.

Tomas Berdych (10) breezed past Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka 6-1, 6-4 while Spanish veteran David Ferrer beat Russia’s Evgeny Donskoy 6-2, 6-2.

Others to progress to the round of 32 included Italy’s Fabio Fognini (15) and Karen Khachanov (32) of Russia.

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