Incredible! Roger Federer wins again, is off to best start since 2006

It's a third trophy for the 35-year-old Swiss this year following his return from a six-month injury layoff, after victories in Indian Wells and a record-extending 18th Grand Slam at the Australian Open in January.

Federer broke Nadal's serve in the eighth game of the first set and again in the ninth of the second to beat him for the third time in as many meetings this year.

Federer has been in terrific form this season and came into the tournament here on the back of title wins at the Australian Open and the Indian Wells last month.

It was 13 years ago, at Crandon Park on Key Biscayne where the two first faced each other on a court in an ATP Tour event. Between them the Swiss and the Spaniard are the third-most repeated match-up in the Open Era behind Novak Djokovic and Nadal (49 matches) and Djokovic-Federer (45). "I'm just excited to play against Roger always".

Nadal was forced to save two break points at 3-3 in the second set but Federer eventually got the breakthrough at 4-4, to hand himself the chance to serve for the title which he took. "I don't think that's going to affect in terms of helping me to win or helping me to lose". For me was a much closer match than what the result says, and completely different than last week'. "You're too good not to", said Federer to the Spaniard after the match. "I truly believe you are going to still win this tournament". I already played three finals this year, losing three times with a player that didn't lose a match.

Roger Federer continued his remarkable return to tennis by completing the 'Sunshine Double, ' winning Indian Wells and now Miami in back-to-back tournaments.

Federer produced a scintilating display to earn a fourth straight win over Nadal.

"Maybe a wrong decision by me in that [break point] moment and I think it would turn quickly. Physically and emotionally it has been a draining week, I think I did very well", he said.

Interviewed on court minutes after the match had ended, Federer predicted that Nadal will win in Miami one day. Then of course I am looking very good for the [ATP] Finals, for the year-end championships, where I've been very successful. The biggest takeaway of all from this Open may be the resurgence of the "Big 4" in men's tennis, one that used to dominate every Grand Slam, barely allowing room for others. Always when I am playing that well, on clay it helps a little bit more for me.

  • Julie Sanders