2007 MIAMI MASTERS
ROGER FEDERER v GUILLERMO CANAS
6-7, 2-6, 6-7
Federer lost to Canas at Indian Wells, so surely he would not fall again at the next tournament in Miami, right?
Argentine Guillermo Canas stunned world number one Roger Federer for the second time to reach the quarter-finals of the Miami Masters.
Canas ended Federer's 41-match winning run earlier this month but the Swiss looked to be heading for revenge when he led 3-1 in the final set.
But Canas lifted his game to force a tie-break, where Federer made uncharacteristic errors, to seal the victory for the Argentine.
Federer said, "I was really expecting to win, it was one of those matches I shouldn't have lost."
Canas beat Federer in Indian Wells two weeks ago and is only the fifth player to record back-to-back wins over the world number one.
"I don't know what it is the key to beat him, I fight for every point and I think for that I beat him," said the 29-year-old.
"I have luck because I played very well the two matches. For me it's like a dream. To beat the world number one two weeks in a row is amazing."
Federer, who lost only two hard-court matches last season, was disappointed with the defeat.
"I was really expecting to win, it was one of those matches I shouldn't have lost," said Federer.
"But he's a great competitor. He played well both times and I just couldn't put him away.
"He dug deep and played well, I was just not very happy with the way things went. I could have won but I didn't do it."
It will be extremely interesting to see if Federer regains his form during the clay court season and if he can capture the French to claim all four
grand slam trophies. Or is this the beginning of more and more players being able to compete and beat the great Swiss champion?
Federer says he is not worried, but he now has rivalries with Canas and Nadal while heading into the clay court season which is also their favorite surface.
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