Radu Albot has revealed he enjoyed locking horns with Roger Federer during their second-round contest at the Miami Open on Saturday. The Moldovan, who won his first title on the ATP Tour at last month’s Delray Beach Open, looked on course to cause a major upset against the 20-time Grand Slam winner when he took the first set, but Federer battled back to claim a 6-4 5-7 3-6 success.
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It was the first time that Albot had ever come up against Federer and he confirmed it was a memorable experience, although one he had to get used to, with the majority of the crowd at the Hard Rock Stadium cheering the Swiss ace on. “It was different, playing against a superstar,” Albot said. “It’s different to play and to feel that everybody is cheering for him.
“It’s different to play with one of the best players of all-time, and to feel his shots and his capability to play against me, to feel it myself. “Of course I went on the court absolutely willing and sure that I could win that match.” Albot, who reached his highest ranking of number 46 in the world earlier this month, will be hoping for more chances to impress against world class players this season, while Federer’s reward for reaching the third round in Miami will be a clash with Serbian Filip Krajinovic on Monday.