Roger Federer to take eight-week break until French Open

The 18-time grand-slam champion continued his incredible start to the year by clinching the Miami Open with a 6-3 6-4 win over Rafael Nadal in the final on Sunday.

At the scene of his first meeting with Nadal, which took place 13 years ago, Federer was able to make it four wins in a row against the Spaniard, following up his recent Masters 1000 success in Indian Wells by claiming his third Miami title and first since 2006.

In the match that lasted just one hour and eight minutes, Federer won four break points and Nadal couldn't break Federer's serve throughout the match.

But Federer was not to be denied ultimately, broke Nadal and served it out to secure his third title of 2017.

Having opened the door, he powered his way through it with a confident service game to take the set 6-3.

Federer said he also had some concern that clay may cause trouble for his knee. I missed that point, and then 30-All, net for him, and go in. A bit more luck on his side and the wrong decisions by me at that moment (with the score 3-3) and it could have turned very quickly. This time around, Nadal was the victim of a relentless forehand while typically forced to concern himself with the lethal and much talked about backhand of Federer. "When you are number one and two in the world for so long, that's another thing", said Nadal with regards to their rivalry.

The Swiss, who has won two of his last three tournaments including the Australian Open, had to dig deep to get through a second straight test after fending off a match point in his quarter-final victory over Tomas Berdych.

So while Nadal, the greatest clay court player of all-time, is likely to contest Masters Series events in Monte Carlo, Madrid and Rome, his great Swiss rival will join up with him again in the French capital.

I'm not 24 anymore so things have changed in a big way.

"When I am healthy and feeling good, I can produce tennis like this", he said.

At some point, Kyrgios became so furious and smashed his racket into the ground three times when Federer won the third tie-break. "I am at a very high level of tennis and I believe I am ready to win titles".

"I think I am close to what I need to be". I need time to prepare'.

"I was more in fight-mode today, just trying to stay afloat. Every three years I am in this position, but always with the smaller trophy", Nadal said during the trophy ceremony.

  • Julie Sanders