Australian qualifier Kokkinakis stuns Federer at Miami Open

Roger Federer of Switzerland wipes his face during his match against Thanasi Kokkinakis of Australia. – AP

"Pretty insane. I'm pretty happy about it,", Kokkinakis said after teeing up a date with Fernando Verdasco, who beat fellow Spaniard Guillermo Garcia Lopez 4-6 6-0 6-2.

Off the court, the tournament's organisers came in for flak after world No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki posted a statement on social media on Saturday, saying she and her family had been subjected to verbal abuse during her second-round loss to Monica Puig on Friday night.

In his young career, Thanasi Kokkinakis has taken a few blows with a number of injuries, but the Greek Australian cemented that he is full steam ahead after beating Roger Federer at the Miami Open over the weekend.

Federer was the latest in a string of big-name departures at this year's Miami Open, with Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams also losing their opening matches.

The 21-year-old revealed that Federer has occasionally called him up to his Dubai training camp before big tournaments.

"We all had the feeling that it was better to take care of the body and to do without the additional surface change", Federer said.

After the defeat, he added: "I decided not to play the clay season". That's how I feel.

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Federer has lost back-to-back matches for the first time since 2014, a dip that comes after a career-best 17-0 start to the year.

Federer won't be playing to reclaim the No 1 spot anytime soon.

It's the second straight year that Federer will forego a clay-court campaign. Kokkinakis is now ranked 175, making him the lowest ranked player to beat a World Number 1.

Federer kept one exchange going by hitting a volley behind his back, but couldn't win even that point.

Meanwhile Federer expressed his frustration after the game. "In the second set I kind of used a couple of loose errors - I started getting in the rallies more and dictating a bit with my forehand". He laughed then - it was early in the match - but looked grim two hours later as the end neared.

The contest came down to a tiebreaker, which was closely contested but eventually won by Kokkinakis when Federer dumped a backhand return into the net on match point.

"That game I knuckled down and put pressure on him", Kokkinakis said. "He came on court with a little delay and that sort of strut he does, and I was like, 'This is pretty nuts.' The crowd goes nuts when he does his walk onto court".


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