SONY ERICSSON OPEN 2012
Federer To Meet Roddick In Third Round
by ATP Staff|
Third seed Federer recorded his 23rd match win of the season by beating 19-year-old American wild card Ryan Harrison 6-2, 7-6(3) on Saturday afternoon. The Swiss superstar is bidding to capture his third Indian Wells-Miami title double (also 2005-06).
Federer, who led 5-2 in the second set before Harrison made a comeback, admitted, "I felt like I had to win the match like three times at the end, so I was relieved to come through. Beating against an American in America is always a big deal, because this is where they usually play their very best.
Roddick, the No. 31 seed and 2004, 2010 champion, dropped nine points on his serve and hit 10 aces to beat Luxembourg's Gilles Muller 6-3, 6-2. Roddick, who is at his lowest South African Airways ATP Ranking since 30 July 2001, won in 74 minutes.
Looking ahead to his next match against Roddick, Federer said, "The head to head doesn't play a massive factor for me in every match I go into against Andy, because I know there's always a lot in Andy's racquet depending on how he serves. And if I don't play well, I know I won't win. So the pressure is there. That's what he can create with his game. This is why I never take a match lightly against him."
Fifth seed David Ferrer, who reached the 2005 and 2006 semi-finals, converted four of 10 break point opportunities to beat 19-year-old Australian Bernard Tomic 6-4, 6-4. Ferrer has already won three ATP World Tour titles this year at the Heineken Open in Auckland (d. Rochus), the Copa Claro in Buenos Aires (d. Almagro) and the Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco (d. Verdasco).
Gael Monfils, this year's Qatar ExxonMobil Open and Open Sud de France runner-up, won 82 per cent of his first service points to defeat Ukrainian qualifier Sergei Bubka 6-4, 6-4 in 78 minutes. Monfils goes onto meet Argentinean No. 21 seed Juan Monaco.