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Roger Federer's Hot Hand Bodes Well for 2014 Sony Open Title Run

KEY BISCAYNE, FL - MARCH 23:  Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a backhand against Thiemo De Bakker of the Netherlands during their third round match during day 7 at the Sony Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 23, 2014 in Key Biscayne, Florida.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Sean ODonnellContributor IIIMarch 24, 2014

Watch out, Roger Federer is on a serious hot streak.

After some resurgent play at Indian Wells, Federer reached the finals only to fall to world No. 2 Novak Djokovic in a highly contested match. After Djokovic's 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(3) victory over Federer, the BNP Paribas Open champion had praise for his opponent, according to an interview with BNPParibasOpen.com:

As I said before the match today, very few points will decide a winner, and that's what happened. Roger is playing in a very high level. He just played better than he did in the last 13, 14 months. I needed to really be in the top of my game and very concentrated the last moment in order to win. That's what I've done. Very proud of my achievements during this tournament.

Federer was playing at a high level, indeed, and he continued his surge into the 2014 Sony Open.

In the second round of the tournament, Federer handled Ivo Karlovic in two sets, 6-4, 7-6(4). Upon the match's conclusion, Federer's statistics were staggering, according to a tweet from Tennis TV:

He continued his dominance on Sunday, making quick work of Thiemo De Bakker in consecutive sets, 6-3, 6-3. The match lasted just over an hour.

Through two matches, Federer has not lost a set and has only lost 10 points on his serve. Obviously, things are looking up for the former world No. 1.

Just how well is Federer playing? Well, that's easily answered just by looking at this fantastic winner from Sunday's match:

It's safe to say that Federer is pleased with his play at the moment, and he confirmed that notion during a press conference with NDTV Sports. Said Federer, "I'm feeling really good with my game. My confidence is high and I'm moving well. I'm excited about how I've been playing."

If Federer can continue to play at such a high level, it looks as though he may get his rematch against Djokovic in short order.

Based on the end result of the last time these two met, things could turn out much differently this time around. Djokovic has looked fantastic as well lately; however, once Federer gets going, he is a near-unstoppable force.

Although, Federer must first get through a few more opponents before this highly anticipated match takes place. He is slated to face Richard Gasquet next:

Federer's current hot streak could be enough to earn him his second title of 2014 upon the conclusion of the men's final on March 30.

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