Miami Flashback: Roger Federer topples David Ferrer in no time
by JOVICA ILIC | VIEW 3271
Roger Federer was the defending champion in Miami 2006. The Swiss played well in Florida and ousted David Ferrer in the semi-final to sail into the title clash. After two dominant seasons in 2004 and 2005, Roger Federer produced an even better one in 2006, winning 12 titles and dominating on hard courts.
Heading to Miami as the defending champion, Roger continued where he left off in Doha, the Australian Open and Indian Wells. World no. 1 defeated Arnaud Clement, Tommy Haas, Dmitry Tursunov and James Blake to hit the semi-final alongside David Ferrer, David Nalbandian and Ivan Ljubicic.
In the quest for his third Miami Open final, Roger stormed over David 6-1, 6-4 in an hour, beating the Spaniard for the third time in as many encounters and remaining on the title course. Federer lost 15 points in nine service games, fending off two out of three break chances and taking almost half of the return points.
He turned them into four breaks from five opportunities, controlling the pace with 25 winners and 15 unforced errors to emerge at the top in style.
Roger Federer ousted David Ferrer to reach the 2006 Miami Open final.
The Swiss had the advantage in the shortest and more extended rallies.
He moved the rival over the baseline and kept the points on his racquet to earn another commanding victory in his career's best season after a slow start of the second set. Federer held at 15 in the encounter's first game with a sharp forehand down the line winner and stole Ferrer's serve in the next one for an early advantage.
Roger closed the third game with a winner at the net to race into a 3-0 lead. Firing from all cylinders, Roger landed a forehand down the line winner for another break in game four and held to move 5-0 in front in no time, forcing David to serve to stay in the set.
The Spaniard held at love to avoid a bagel before the Swiss placed a perfect drop shot in game seven for another comfortable hold and 6-1. Ferrer's only notable return game came at 1-0 in set number two when he fired a forehand down the line winner to convert the third break chance and open an early advantage.
After many troubles, David closed the third game to move 3-0 up, forcing Roger to raise his level in the remaining games to secure the triumph in straight sets. Federer pulled the break back in game five after a backhand down the line winner and held at 15 with a forehand winner in the next one to level the score at 3-3 and gain a boost.
David lost serve for the second straight time in the seventh game following a double fault. He sent Roger in front and allowed the Swiss to seal the deal with a hold at love with a service winner at 5-4 that pushed him into the final against Ivan Ljubicic.