Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic met in the 2009 Miami semi-final. The Serb overcame a slow start and cruised to a 3-6 6-2 6-3 triumph for his seventh Masters 1000 final. It was his first confrontation since the 2008 US Open, which caused an unusual scene.

Roger threw unexpected tantrums and outbursts, breaking his racket and receiving a code violation. After the match, the Swiss skipped the handshake with chair umpire Fergus Murphy. Novak broke Roger six times out of ten chances, raising his level after the start and finding a way to impose his shots and take his opponent’s rhythm away.

Federer started strongly and got four breaks, not enough for a positive result after pulverizing 40 unforced errors, many of them in crucial moments. Djokovic outclassed Federer in the longest rallies to secure victory and set the final clash against Andy Murray.

Roger made two good service turns early in the match and broke in game four to open a 3-1 lead. The Swiss held two winners after the deuce in game five to consolidate the lead and establish a good rhythm. Novak took a backhand in game six and lost serve again before recovering a break in the next to build momentum.

Federer took the first game with his serve in the ninth game, and expected more in the second set. However, he lost ground at the start of the second set and lost serve at 15 of the second game. Djokovic fended off a break point in game three to open a 3-0 gap and build momentum.

Roger recovered the break after a double fault from Novak in game five and wasted a match point in the next.

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic on his retirement

Novak Djokovic made it clear once again that he had no plans whatsoever to retire just yet.

“I’m not close to retirement, I don’t want to think too much about it. Roger had a beautiful send-off at the Laver Cup in London. We were all there, with his family, to say goodbye to him at a magnificent event in a magnificent arena,” Djokovic said.

“It must have been special for him and there is no doubt that he deserved it. One thing I know is that I will definitely want my great rivals to come and say goodbye to me. I played a lot of tennis this week, that’s what I wanted and why I came to Israel,” Djokovic said.

“I didn’t have time to go sightseeing to be honest, but I enjoyed the beach, I spent at least an hour there every day, I jogged, I rode my bike, I swam… I walked around the old town a bit and saw a bit of history.”

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