In some of the best tennis of the Miami WTA and ATP Masters tournament so far, No. 3 seed Roger Federer fought a tie break, deuce after deuce, against No. 32 seed Argentine Juan Monaco, eventually earning his 763rd career match win.
The victory put him one match win ahead of Pete Sampras, good for second place all time, and he now trails only Jimmy Connors who has 1,262 wins.
Federer said of his opponent, "I think we've only played once before in Hamburg. That was in 2007, not that long ago, but still long enough ago in a second, third round to me to almost be a blur. Not much I can take out of that match. But I've seen him play for multiple years, and he is a good player, nice backhands, good intensity."
Federer isn't sporting his typical classic polo in a statement color.
"Um, changing colors again for the clay, so it's just—like last year I played in orange here. This is just the way Nike works here in Miami. It's only a one-off tournament. Yeah it's a bit different...I hope fans like it; and if they don't, then the French clay court season is coming up shortly. But I like it, so it's all good. I approved it like one-and-a-half years ago, so it's fine. It's really nice," Federer said.
Up next, Federer plays Olivier Rochus, who defeated Mikhail Youzhny, 1-6, 6-3, 6-3. Federer described Rochus as a small guy to Tennis Channel.
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