Federer Beats Nadal to Win Third Miami Open Crown

  • Federer Beats Nadal to Win Third Miami Open Crown

Federer Beats Nadal to Win Third Miami Open Crown

Roger Federer is on fire at the moment. The 35-year-old eventually served out the match to claim his fourth win on trot against Nadal. Things were looking grim for the fan favourite. He plays them from positions where even defensive shots would be extremely hard for most.

Federer in remarkable comeback. "Unbelievable start of the season, one of the best comebacks on the tour ever after a long injury".

Thirteen years after their first meeting, which was staged on this very court, Federer and Nadal came into this final in an unfamiliar position.

Roger Federer lifted his 91st career title at the Miami Open and immediately signalled his intention to take a break. That was a shock, but so far it's been one-off for the tennis wizard.

Federer's stunning start to the year means he can cherry-pick his schedule for the rest of 2017.

A fourth straight win over Nadal - his longest winning streak in their 13-year professional rivalry - also makes Federer the oldest victor of the Miami Open. At that point he was in his mid-20s, the career peak for most tennis players.

But, the rejuvenated Federer pulled off an epic match. Let's see what's happening in those four tournaments. Now, he has won the past four.

Federer also won the tournament in 2005 and 2006. And with over 4,000 ranking points already in the bag and no points to defend after Wimbledon, a return to the world number one spot is a strong possibility.

Winning on clay has not come as easy to Federer as the other surfaces, and not just because of Nadal's brilliance on the red gravel. He has the best record on the men's tour this year at 19-1, including 7-0 against players ranked in the top 10, and he's the first three-time champion this year on the men's tour.

Nadal duly went long and although Federer began the next game with a double fault, an outrageous backhand victor down the line helped him to serve out the match. It's expected that this year Federer will pass Lendl, but whether or not he will pass Connors is debatable.

The question on everyone's mind is whether or not Federer can extend this run of form and how many more Grand Slams he can win. I don't know if I am a candidate yet to winning the French Open.

Federer is playing with absolute freedom now.

"I will probably stay on hard courts ... and get on the clay two weeks before the French, that's the plan for now and hopefully I will play the French and we will see how the build-up is going to go and for me that's essentially when the season really starts", he said.

Federer didn't seem exhausted, and he maintained focus from beginning to end. We are used to seeing Nadal walk out with a little extra strut, thanks to his dominance in the past.

The 35-year-old is now looking to focus on the grass season.