Federer beats Nadal in straight sets to win Miami Open

Federer, peerless this year after returning from a six-month injury absence, broke once in each set for his fourth consecutive victory over Nadal.

While speaking to ESPN's Brad Gilbert after beating Nadal, Federer said that he will likely only play the French Open and skip the rest of the European clay court swing. "I didn't think I had it in me, that I had so much energy left in the tank, but that's why I definitely need a break right now".

Spending time with his young family is also a consideration said Federer, as well as the need to keep himself motivated.

'I want to stay healthy because when I'm healthy and feeling good I can produce tennis like this, ' the 18-times grand slam champion said in a court side interview after defeating Rafa Nadal.

He also maintained that his biggest goal for now is to win the Wimbledon, adding that in the near future, the American hard courts. "Physically, emotionally it's been a draining week, so I did very well". I like the indoors as well.

"The second part of the season is the big priority".

"I had opportunities to have the break before him", as Nadal put it afterward.

Rafael Nadal remained upbeat despite suffering his third loss to Roger Federer in 2017 and his third chance of winning his first title of the season.

"It was a great match and this is where it all started for us back in 2004".

To be clear, Rafael Nadal, a 14-time major champion who's almost five years younger than Federer, would be an all-time great even without his southpaw advantage.

Larkham believes Kyrgios' form and his addition to the team which lost against the U.S. at Kooyong a year ago, will prove the difference.

Federer has had one of the best starts to a season this year and is now holding a 19-1 record, which also includes a 7-0 record against top-10 players.

Rafael Nadal and Fabio Fognini are the other men's semifinalists, meaning there's still a chance for Federer-Nadal on Sunday for the men's crown.

The Spaniard felt the match "was closer than the results show" and Federer agreed. So that's what happened today, because in the first set I think anything could happen. The 12th-seeded Wozniacki, a part-time South Florida resident, made the women's final for the first time in 10 tries by topping second-seeded Karolina Pliskova 5-7, 6-1, 6-1. "I have to pick my moments where I can peak and stay healthy", he said.

But after their Australian Open semi-final in 2014, they would face off only once in three years, in Basel, until renewing that big-stakes, big-match rivalry again this year in Australia, and in the title match no less. I enjoy playing against you. I have good hopes that I going to be ready for Monte-Carlo. Always when I am playing that well, on clay always helps a little bit more for me.

Nadal was working hard in the 28C afternoon heat, thrusting himself into his shots while the elegant Federer's poise appeared nearly casual. "If I am ready for that, I think I am very excited about playing back on clay again".

  • Julie Sanders