March 26th, 2018 -- Miami, Florida
In his first match at the Miami Open, number 1 ranked Roger faced a feisty Thanasi Kokkinakis.
The two have practiced many times, which helped the young Australian find confidence against the Swiss Star. The 21-year old showed no fear, was ready to leave it all on the court and persevered pushing Roger to his limits. Kokkinakis won 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(4).
“It's a big result for him in his career. I hope it's going to launch him, really getting his ranking up.”
It was the first time Roger has faced back to back loses since 2014 and it also means that Rafael Nadal will take over the number one spot at the end of the tournament.
After his loss, Roger announced he will skip the 2018 clay court season as well and focus on figuring out what works best for him and his game.
“I'm trying to figure things out, so, I have time now," he said. "It's pretty simple at the end of the day. You go back to the practice court or go on vacation, you really take a break, get away from it all. When you come back to the practice court to work, whatever it is, you do it at 100 per cent.”