Roger Federer edges Ivo Karlovic with strong serving at Sony Open

Roger Federer lost only three points on his serve, beating Ivo Karlovic 6-4, 7-6 (4) in Miami.
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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) - 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 layoff in 2013.

The 32-year-old Federer has looked rejuvenated 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 serve.

Federer won 49 of his 52 service points. In a match with few rallies, he committed just three unforced errors.

The longest point was the last one. When Karlovic pushed a backhand into the net on the 10th stroke, Federer hopped happily in celebration and threw a fist.

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