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Roger Federer loses only 3 points on serve to beat 6-foot-11 Ivo Karlovic at Sony Open

  • Roger Federer, of Switzerland, returns the ball to Ivo Karlovic, of Croatia, at the Sony Open tennis tournament, Friday, March 21, 2014, in Key Biscayne, Fla. Federer defeated Karlovic 6-4, 7-6 (7-4). (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Roger Federer, of Switzerland, returns the ball to Ivo Karlovic, of Croatia, at the Sony Open tennis tournament, Friday, March 21, 2014, in Key Biscayne, Fla. Federer defeated Karlovic 6-4, 7-6 (7-4). (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)  (The Associated Press)

  • Roger Federer, of Switzerland, leaps into the air after defeating Ivo Karlovic, of Croatia,  6-4, 7-6 (7-4) at the Sony Open tennis tournament, Friday, March 21, 2014, in Key Biscayne, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Roger Federer, of Switzerland, leaps into the air after defeating Ivo Karlovic, of Croatia, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) at the Sony Open tennis tournament, Friday, March 21, 2014, in Key Biscayne, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)  (The Associated Press)

  • Ivo Karlovic, of Croatia, returns the ball to Roger Federer, of Switzerland, during a match at the Sony Open tennis tournament, Friday, March 21, 2014, in Key Biscayne, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Ivo Karlovic, of Croatia, returns the ball to Roger Federer, of Switzerland, during a match at the Sony Open tennis tournament, Friday, March 21, 2014, in Key Biscayne, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)  (The Associated Press)

Roger Federer earned the only break of the match in the opening game, lost just three points on his serve and beat Ivo Karlovic 6-4, 7-6 (4) Friday at the Sony Open.

It was the first match at Key Biscayne in two years for Federer, who took a spring layoff in 2013.

The 32-year-old Federer has looked rejuvenated and climbed to No. 5 in the rankings this week. While he had trouble with Karlovic's big serves, the 6-foot-11 Croat had no chance when returning serve.

Federer won 49 of his 52 service points. In a match with few rallies, he committed just three unforced errors.

The longest point was the last one. When Karlovic pushed a backhand into the net on the 10th stroke, Federer hopped happily in celebration and threw a fist.