Federer beats Nadal in straight sets in Miami Open final

Roger Federer defeated arch nemesis Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-4 Sunday to become the oldest men's champion in the 33-year history of the Miami Open.

As Roger Federer hit a succession of stunning backhands, charged into the net to strike assured winning volleys and played some scarcely believable half-volleys from the baseline, it was hard not to wonder whether the 35-year-old Swiss has ever played better.

I would say 60% of the turnaround is from Federer's adjustments, while 40% is from a decrease in Rafa's playing level. You were a little boy, you grew into a big strong man.

"In 2005, I beat you very lucky in the finals here".

"I lost, by the way", Nadal started his answer, before the reporter tried to correct herself by saying, "I know, but it's a win anyway", - whatever that was supposed to mean.

"It was a positive tournament for me obviously".

Speaking on court after the match, Federer congratulated his Spanish opponent on his own comeback before admitting he was happy they were in the final together. Federer has won the last four matches between the pair, his only such streak, and last lost to Nadal in the semi-finals of the Australian Open back in 2014.

Even if Nadal manages to come away with his 10th French Open title in Paris, Federer should be the favorite at the All England Club. I already played three finals this year, losing three times with a player that didn't lose a match - only one match that he never would lose in normal conditions in Dubai and that's it.

"Wimbledon has to be the biggest goal. but all of the grass really is important to me because I will play Stuttgart and Halle there, too", Federer said during the post-match press conference yesterday, according to ATP's official website. Time and time again, Federer would hit a tremendous, carefully calculated shot, and Rafa would an awesome, superb shot that no one could believe. "Ro-ger! Ro-ger!"

Throughout the years, the rivalry between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer has been a staple of tennis.

The semifinal went to tiebreakers in all three sets, and lasted more than three hours. It would seem that Federer did everything right during that point, only to be rewarded with a screaming on-the-run victor off the racquet of Nadal. He only converted two of nine break points, but that's all he needed as he saved all four he faced against his own serve, all in the first half of the first set.

Federer is now 4-0 in tiebreakers this year at Key Biscayne, none of the first three as pressure-packed as the one he needed in the quarters. Federer took his sixth break opportunity and then drove home a comfortable hold to take the first set 6-3. "It's disappointing for me that I am trying during all my career".

He then addressed the crowd in Spanish, drawing a huge cheer. I just think it fell that way. For me it's a very special feeling to play in front of you. Will we see a repeat of that this year?

"Today was a close match in my opinion", Rafa admitted.

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

  • Julie Sanders