In the semi-finals, Roger Federer scored the first victory over the world number 1, defeating Lleyton Hewitt 6-3 6-4 after a remarkable performance. He built momentum heading into the final match with local star Andre Agassi eager to claim the trophy.
The defending champion proved too strong for the Swiss youngster and posted a 6-3 6-3 3-6 6-4 win, his third and final victory over Roger Federer, willing to give his best, won the third set and opened a 4-2 gap in the fourth, before the American made a 180-degree turn to chain four consecutive games and sentence the match without need.
to play a decisive part. After the match, Roger was disappointed to have lost his place in the top 10, knowing that he had a chance to fight for the title after playing well in sets three and four. "I'm delighted to be playing well again; it's been a great start to the year.
I won my second title in Sydney and produced excellent tennis on an outdoor surface, unlike the previous season when I struggled a lot. It's been a fun week. I'm disappointed that I didn't break into the top-10 here in Miami, because I had a chance.
I played well from the baseline and beat a guy like Lleyton Hewitt. For a moment, I dominated Andre Agassi in the final, and I am pleased with how I have competed, hoping to carry this momentum into the clay court season," said Roger Federer.
Federer last played on the tour at the 2021 Wimbledon
Tennis superstar Roger Federer has dominated the sport for so long that he has the upper hand against almost every he has faced in his career. "I think he is playing in Basel to finish his carrer there.
That's my opinion," Davydenko said. The former World No. 3 also recalled the two wins he had over Federer, with the first one coming in the semifinals of the 2009 ATP Finals in London. "I had so many opportunities against Federer, but he was always a much better player near the end of the sets.
I had set points, I made it into the tiebreaks, but then i was always loosing. Not in London. That time, I felt like it was my time to beat him, and I got lucky a bit as well," Davydenko said. Roger Federer last played on the tour at the 2021 Wimbledon, suffering a quarterfinal loss to Hubert Hurkacz.
Being a quarterfinalist, the 8-time champion added 360 points to his ranking tally. However, with Federer missing this year’s Wimbledon, he is set to lose those 360 points.