Lawn Tennis
Roger Federer Faces Challenge In Miami Night Match
By Anton Lagani, Lawn Tennis Correspondent, Posted: Saturday, March 29, 2008 5:35pm CST USA
Roger Federer Gael Monfils Miami, Sony Ericsson Open
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MIAMI--( World number one and top seed Roger Federer of Switzerland after receiving a first round bye opens tonight at the Sony Ericsson Open against 21 year old Gael Monfils of France.

Federer who has started this year with an uncharacteristic 0-3 tournament record will look to bring his best tennis to the court to defeat Monfils who in round one upset the big serving American John Isner 6-7(8-10), 6-3, 6-3.

2008 Sony Ericsson Open, Miami, Florida, USA
Miami, Florida, United States
March 26-April 6, 2008
$3,770,000 | Hard court
Day 4 Saturday | Second Round

Stadium: 8:00 PM EST USA Start
Men's Singles: 2nd Round
Roger Federer (SUI) [1] vs. Gael Monfils (FRA)

Last week at Indian Wells, Federer lost to a hard hitting Mardy Fish of America 6-3, 6-2 in the semifinals. Monfils plays a similar aggressive baseline game but trails Federer head to head 0-1, losing their only meeting two years ago at Doha 6-3, 7-6(7-5).

Federer, 7-3 in matchplay this year, is also the furthest since 2000 into the year without winning a title but conveyed he can rebound in Miami.

"Confidence is very important," Federer said. "You sometimes can enter a tournament being totally confident and totally tired and still win it just through confidence, because, you know, you sort of recuperate throughout the event. But this tournament, to me, I mean, it's important, you know, but it's not important to what's ahead. Because after this I'm moving away from hard courts and I'm going on clay. So it's a different total sport almost. This is where my focus will then change at the French Open. At the moment I'm just concentrating on doing well at this event."

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