When young Novak Djokovic refused to advise Roger Federer

After a couple of dominant years at the “Sunshine double,” Roger Federer failed to defend his titles in Indian Wells and Miami in 2007, losing twice to Guillermo Canas. Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic took charge and lifted the season’s first Masters 1000 trophies and gathered momentum ahead of the clay swing. Rafa toppled Novak in the final in the desert, and the Serb was ready to strike back in Miami, beating the Spaniard for the first time in the quarters and winning the first Masters 1000 trophy at 19. In the semis, Novak barely put a foot wrong against Andy Murray, setting the final clash against Canas and not missing a chance to go all the way and claim a notable title. Asked about some tips for Roger Federer against Guillermo Canas, Djokovic said it would not be appropriate for him to advise world no. 1 and one of the greatest players of all time.

Novak Djokovic beat Guillermo Canas in the 2007 Miami Open final.

On April 1, the Serb toppled the Argentine 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in two hours and 20 minutes, dominating every segment to control the scoreboard and claim the biggest title of his young career, two months before turning 20! Novak repelled all five break chances while Guillermo stayed far from those numbers, serving at 54% and losing 42% of the points in his games. He suffered four breaks from seven opportunities given to a teenager and lost ground in the shortest and most extended rallies, finishing runner-up despite beating the world’s leading player.

“It feels great to become a champion and the youngest winner here in Miami. That brings your name to history, and I’m proud of that. The second set’s sixth game had 22 points, and it was the turning point; overall, I played well in the decisive moments. Canas is probably fitter than me, and I did my best to seal the deal in straight sets. I can not give any tips to Roger Federer on how to beat Guillermo Canas. That would not be nice; he is world no. 1 and probably the best player in history. You always have bad days, and Roger had them against Canas in Indian Wells and Miami. The Argentine is a solid player without big weapons; that’s why I tried to remain patient but keep my aggression,” Novak Djokovic said.