Federer continues winning run, but needs break

The Swiss then held his serve to take the second set 6-4 and complete a fourth consecutive victory over Nadal.

Despite playing in front of a heavily pro-Federer crowd, Kyrgios extended the former champion over three hours and 10 minutes, with the 21-year-old Australian showing his frustration by smashing his racquet after losing match point. And now, Federer will try to become the oldest player to win a Grand Slam title in the Open Era during the Wimbledon in July.

"If you were just watching this match on TV somewhere around the world, see the score, it might look like just a few break points, but it was a much closer match than that", Federer said. "But that is not the full story", Federer said. "Ultimately I think I put in a good performance". I have no explanation. "It's disappointing for me that I am trying during all my career. Physically, emotionally it's been a draining week, so I did very well". But the former No. 1 is happy with his first quarter of the season despite not winning a crown.

Nadal, who lost all four of his previous Miami Open finals, will be out to snap a run of three straight defeats against Federer, including in the Melbourne final and at Indian Wells.

Knuckling Down: Australian Nick Kyrgios has vowed to stay focused following strong showing against Roger Federer.

For Nadal, it was a heartbreaking loss as he was fighting for the title for fifth time since 2005.

Two of tennis' biggest stars advanced to a championship showdown Friday with semifinal victories at the 2017 Miami Open.

"Maybe a wrong decision by me in that [break point] moment and I think it would turn quickly". It was not my day. "I give him a present of the first set". The same thing: one break and that's it.

He also sent the Spaniard out a fortnight ago in early Indian Wells rounds before polishing his season record at Crandon Park.

Despite Federer's recent dominance over Nadal, he jokingly told the Miami crowd that he expects that to change later this year, during the clay season. Ordinarily I would hesitate to say yes, but given what the Swiss has achieved this year, it is a very real possibility that he could contend at Roland Garros. I need a rest, my body needs healing.

"I hope my man @DjokerNole is watching this.it's time for you to clean your shoes and fix your racket and get back to business".

There are four big ATP clay events before the French Open starts in May - in Monte Carlo, Madrid, Barcelona and Rome. If I'm not feeling this good, there's no chance I'll be in finals competing with Rafa.

  • Julie Sanders