2018 News


Federer Upset in Second Round


By Tucker Verdi

World No. 1 and 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer is out at the 2018 Miami Open, defeated by a qualifier who has never won a title and is currently ranked 175th in the world.

Thanasi Kokkinakis pulled off the upset, winning 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(4), and shocking the packed Stadium Court at Crandon Park Tennis Center.

As Federer’s ball sailed into the net, Kokkinakis threw his hands in the air, he himself shocked by what he had just accomplished. Federer hadn’t lost in the first or second rounds in Key Biscayne since 2000.

The 21-year-old Australian didn’t dominate the Swiss maestro, but Kokkinakis saved crucial break points and played an excellent final set tiebreak to seal the biggest win of his career.

Federer joins fellow No. 1 seed Simona Halep in departing the tournament early.

Adding to the impact of this loss is the effect it will have on the ATP rankings. In failing to reach the quarterfinals, Federer will slip from the top spot due to not retaining his points from last year’s title run here. Supplanting him is his longtime rival Rafael Nadal, who didn’t play this tournament because of injury.

About the Miami Open presented by Itaú

The 2018 Miami Open will be played March 19-April 1 at the Crandon Park Tennis Center in Miami. The two-week combined event is owned and operated by IMG. The Miami Open is one of nine ATP Masters 1000 Series events on the ATP calendar, a Premier Mandatory event on the WTA calendar, and features the top men's and women's tennis players in the world. The tournament is widely regarded as the most glamorous on the ATP and WTA calendars because of its exotic Miami location, thriving nightlife, five-star hotels and restaurants, beautiful weather and beaches, and its celebrity appeal. For ticket information, call +1.305.442.3367 or visit www.miamiopen.com.

About Itaú

Itau is the largest Latin America privately owned bank, with approximately 94,000 employees and operations in 19 countries throughout the Americas, Asia and Europe. Itaú’s relationship with sport goes back to the 1970s, when Itaú first sponsored the Itaú Tennis Cup in Brazil in 1970. Itaú has been a sponsor of the Miami Open for the last six years, and also sponsors the Rio Open, the only combined ATP/WTA event in South America. Itaú also supports the Brazilian Women’s Tennis Circuit, only female professional tournament in South America, certified by the Brazilian Tennis Confederation (CBT) and the International Tennis Federation (ITF), as well as the Tennis Institute Training Center, responsible for the development of young, new talent.

About IMG

IMG is a global leader in sports, fashion, events and media, operating in more than 30 countries. The company represents and manages some of the world’s greatest sports figures and fashion icons; stages hundreds of live events and branded entertainment experiences annually; and is one of the largest independent producers and distributors of sports media. IMG also specializes in sports training; league development; and marketing, media and licensing for brands, sports organizations and collegiate institutions.