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Federer loses his opening match at Miami Open to Kokkinakis

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) Roger Federer lost his second match in a row Saturday following a 17-0 start to the year, this time squandering a lead against a qualifier ranked 175th.

Federer was eliminated at the Miami Open by big-serving Thanasi Kokkinakis of Australia, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4).

Kokkinakis became the lowest-ranked man to beat a No. 1 player since No. 178 Francisco Clavet upset Lleyton Hewitt in 2003, also at Key Biscayne.

Federer lost playing for the first time since he was beaten by Juan Martin del Potro in the Indian Wells final Sunday. That defeat also came in a winner-take-all tiebreaker.

The match was the last at Key Biscayne for Federer, a three-time champion. The event is moving next year to the Miami Dolphins’ stadium.

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