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Federer fails to win 17th straight

Andy Roddick beat Roger Federer for only the third time in their 24 meetings, dominating with his serve to win 7-6 (4), 1-6, 6-4 on Monday in the third round at the Miami Masters 1000 Open.

This content was published on March 27, 2012 - 08:15
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Roddick broke serve only once but held every service game in the first and last sets. After falling behind 15-30 in the final game, he closed out the victory with an ace and two service winners.

On paper, it looked like a mismatch between former number ones, each a two-time champion in the event.

The third-ranked Federer began the night 40-2 since his US Open semi-final and had won 16 matches in a row, while Roddick was ranked 34th, the lowest he has been since 2001.

Roddick also ended Federer's streak of 77 consecutive wins against players outside the top 20.

"I feel like I lost against a former number one, not that I lost against a guy ranked 30 in the world," Federer said. "I'm happy to see Andy play really well. He's a great champion, and enjoy him while you have him. It was a great night for him and America's tennis."

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