Baseline is looking back at some of the biggest upsets of the 2000s at the Miami Open.
Over a six-month stretch—from fall 2006 to late winter 2007—hardly any other player on the ATP Tour was as hot as Guillermo Canas. The Argentine won five ATP Challenger titles over that time and his first tour title in two-and-a-half years in Brazil.
The 2001 Comeback Player of the Year was in the midst of working his way up the rankings once again, this time after a suspension for a drug-related offense. After his reduced sentence was served, the former world No. 8 went from being unranked to 60 by the start of the first Masters 1000 event of 2007 in Indian Wells. There, Canas battled through qualifying and reached the third round, with one of the most impressive results of his career coming in the second round, when he topped world No. 1 Roger Federer and halted the Swiss’ win streak at 41 matches.
After that tournament, the next stop was the Miami Open. Once again, Canas was forced to qualify and after reaching the main draw, he was drawn against former world No. 4 Tim Henman in the first round. Having knocked off the serve-and-volleyer in three sets, Canas went the distance again in the next round with Juan Carlos Ferrero. It was a rematch of their final in Brazil a month earlier with the same result as Canas defeated the former world No. 1 to advance.