| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff
Photo credit: Kenneth B. Goldberg

American Andy Roddick upset world number three-ranked Roger Federer of Switzerland, 7-6(4), 1-6, 6-4, at the 2012 Sony Ericsson Open in Miami. Since the U.S. Open this past September, Roddick held a 40-2 record, but came up short against Roddick who has slipped to 34th in the ATP Rankings. It marked just the third time Roddick defeated Federer in 24 previous meetings. 

"I had my chances," said Federer in his post-match interview. "I thought Andy did well to get the first, and then to put me in the situation I guess in the third. I could have been up a break early in the third, but he did well also to fight off those break points. He served really well."

Roddick advances to play the 21st-seeded Argentine Juan Monaco, who rallied to beat 14th-seeded Gael Monfils of France, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. Monaco overcame a 2-4 deficit in the final set to improve to a 4-2 record against the Frenchman.

Also advancing was world number one-ranked Novak Djokovic of Serbia, a 6-3, 6-4 winner over his fellow countryman, the 27th-seed, Viktor Troicki. Djokovic advances to face the number 17 seed Richard Gasquet of France for a spot in the quarterfinals. 

Also advancing was the number five seed, Spain's David Ferrer, a 7-6(5), 6-4 winner over Frenchman Julien Benneteau. Ferrer will meet the number 11 seed, Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina, a 6-3, 7-6(3) winner over the 23rd-seeded Marin Cilic in one hour and 48 min.

Another American, Mardy Fish, also moves on in Miami after his 6-4, 6-3 win over big South African Kevin Anderson. The number eight-ranked American will next face 12th-seeded Nicolas Almagro of Spain, a 6-3, 6-4 winner over his fellow countryman Fernando Verdasco. 

“Almagro has been playing great this year, even on hard courts,” Fish said of his opponent in the next round. “I think he was up a break in the first set by the time we walked in here. He'll be a tough player.”