Roger rolled to an easy straight-set win Sunday in the third round of the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami. Roger spent little more than an hour in the rout and never faced a break point as he beat Kiefer 6-4, 6-1 for the 11th consecutive time after losing four of the first five in their series which began in 2000.
The 27-year-old Roger is bidding for his 15th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title, and his third in Miami after previously triumphing in 2005 (d. Nadal in five sets) and 2006 (d. Ljubicic in three tie-breaks). Our champ, who lost in the quarterfinals to Andy Roddick last year, improved to a 32-8 tournament record.
Roger will next play Taylor Dent, an American qualifier who topped 15th-seeded Tommy Robredo of Spain 7-5, 6-3.