Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 3/21/14
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Roger Federer earned the only break of the match in the opening game, lost just three points on his serve and beat Ivo Karlovic 6-4, 7-6 (4) Friday at the Sony Open. It was the first match at Key Biscayne in two years for Federer, who took a spring break in 2013. The 32-year-old Federer has looked rejuvenated lately and climbed to No. 5 in the rankings this week. While he had trouble with Karlovic's big serves, the 6-foot-11 Croat had no chance when returning. Federer won 49 of his 52 service points, and in a match with few rallies, he committed just three unforced errors. The longest point was the last one, and when Karlovic pushed a backhand into the net on the 10th stroke, Federer hopped happily in celebration and threw a fist. Federer improved to 11-1 in their head-to-head -- or, in this case, head-to-shoulder. He said the early lead against Karlovic made the match less stressful. "It definitely relaxes you a little bit, because you know it might be one of ...
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