Federer beats Nadal 6-3, 6-4 in Miami Open final

Federer and Nadal clearly had no such plans, as they met in the final everybody hoped for on Sunday at the 2017 Miami Open.

Federer was coming off a thrilling three-hour semifinal win over Nick Kyrgios but nonetheless looked fresh against Nadal and erased all four break points he faced.

"The dream continues", said Federer. With many of his fans seems to think that Federer will retire at the end of this season, Federer's last two aims would probably be a Calendar Grand Slam and to hit the 20 Grand Slams mark. It might have had more to do with the timeline of his recuperation than the clay, per se, he said, but he didn't want to take any chances. "I need a rest". We have had some epic matches over the years which I didn't always enjoy, but mostly. "I'm playing well enough to fight for everything, I think".

"Winning Australia", Federer told GQ magazine last month, "it solves so many problems".

Federer's aggression paid off, as he ripped 29 winners, responding to Nadal's assault on his forehand with 19 off his main wing, including 5 aces.

But a few games later, Federer took a 5-4 lead, and then he served out the match for the victory.

Roger Federer has revealed that he does not expect to compete in any clay-court tournaments until the French Open, which starts on May 28. Nadal's recent performance will make him one of the favourites for the upcoming clay court tournaments, including the French Open which commences on 22 May.

It must feel pretty good to be world No. 81-ranked Evgeny Donskoy right about now, as he is still Federer's only conqueror in 2017.

Then Ray Moore, the tournament director at the combined event at Indian Wells, created an uproar when he made some disparaging remarks about WTA players. When I'm healthy and feeling good, I can produce tennis like this. So that's what happened today, because in the first set I think anything could happen.

"My knee was unusual on the clay previous year, so maybe being away from it as much as possible is a good thing as well, even though I don't think it was because of the clay as such". That's why taking a break and resting during the clay season and focusing on Roland Garros, the grass and the hard courts after that is best.

But with the way he is playing - Federer is leading the ATP Race to London with almost double the number of points (4,045) that second-placed Nadal has (2,235) and triple Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic's combined total (1,315) - it is hard to question any decision he makes.

"Disappointing for me. I am trying during all my career l am in this position, but with the smaller trophy". More importantly, this is the first time since 2010 that the two have met in the finals of more than one tournament. "Overall I do believe I'm probably a better player than I was 10 years ago, but it doesn't always translate into results per se, because other guys came up and did extremely well, like Novak, Rafa and Murray". Attractive tweet also by Fabio Fognini, who joked a little bit: ´Unique, amazing. the absolute King. guys I am glad that I lost in the semifinals´, tweeted Fognini, who lost to Nadal on Friday.

Federer said he also had some concern that clay may cause trouble for his knee.

  • Julie Sanders