Woods watches as Federer dominates qualifier Querrey

Updated: March 25, 2007, 3:09 AM ET
Associated Press

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Tiger Woods has the last tee time Sunday, which is good because Roger Federer kept him out late Saturday night.

Tiger Woods
Luis M. Alvarez/AP PhotoTiger Woods showed up at Key Biscayne on Saturday to cheer on his new pal Roger Federer.
Woods waited out a rainstorm to watch his friend play, then stayed until the end of Federer's 6-4, 6-3 victory over 19-year-old American Sam Querrey in the second round of the Sony Ericsson Open.

"It's great Tiger watches tennis -- a great honor for our sport," Federer said.

Delayed more than two hours, the match began at 10:18 p.m. and ended at 11:20. Because the top-ranked Federer had an opening-round bye, the match was his first since his 41-match winning streak ended with a loss to Guillermo Canas at Indian Wells on March 11.

He hasn't lost two matches in a row since 2003.

Woods shot a 68 on Saturday for a four-shot lead after three rounds at the CA Championship at Doral. He then made the 15-mile trip to Key Biscayne and, accompanied by his wife, Elin, watched Federer's match from the stadium club level.

Woods and Federer became friends in the past year, and for the first time, they're competing in the same city at the same time this weekend.

Querrey is ranked 69th after starting the year 127th, but he managed to keep up with Federer for only six games. Federer converted his sixth break-point chance for a 4-3 lead, broke again to go up 3-2 in the second set and lost only one of 26 points on his first serve.

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The win was his 33rd in a row over Americans and his 13th in a row at Key Biscayne, where he's bidding for his third successive title.

During the latter delay, Woods hung out in the players' lounge with his wife, and Federer came by for a visit. Woods declined to talk to reporters.

In other play, No. 20 Jarkko Nieminen beat lucky loser Evgeny Korolev 6-0, 6-0 -- the first double bagel of the year on the men's tour. Another lucky loser, Alejandro Falla, upset No. 9 Tommy Haas 6-4, 6-4.

David Nalbandian, trying to shake a slump, improved to 6-5 this year by beating Vince Spadea 6-3, 6-4.

"If I win one or two more matches and get more confidence, maybe I can be dangerous," Nalbandian said.

Ivan Ljubicic, the runner-up to Roger Federer in 2006, defeated Filippo Volandri 6-3, 6-2. Richard Gasquet won a seesaw match against fellow Frenchman Sebastien Grosjean, 6-4, 0-6, 6-2.


Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

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