Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal to win the Miami Open
Roger Federer is on fire at the moment.
It’s been a sensational couple of months for the 35-year-old who, since the turn of 2017, has won the Australian Open, the Indian Wells and now the Miami Open.
And he did so in style on Sunday night by beating old nemesis Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-4 – his fourth consecutive victory over the Spaniard – in a thrilling encounter.
Speaking after the win, Federer said: “The dream continues. It’s been a fabulous couple of weeks.
“What a start to the year, thank you to my team and all who have supported me, especially in my more difficult challenging times last year.”
Federer was awesome against Nadal. In the final game of the second set, after breaking his opponent’s serve, the Swiss summed up his confidence with a superb backhand down the line.
Even Nadal had to admit how good Federer was after losing his fifth Miami Open final.
“It’s disappointing that every time in my career I have stood here I get the smaller trophy,” he said. “It’s been a very good two weeks for me.
“Even if I lost for the third time this year to Roger it’s a good start, playing three finals.”
No matter how many times Federer wins a tournament, big or small, he always reacts with the same kind of excitement. It’s lovely to see, really.
In the video below, when Nadal’s shot clears the baseline, Federer punches the air and falls to the floor in sheer delight with a huge smile on his face.
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Brilliant. Federer also confirmed after his win that he won’t be playing any clay court events during the clay season apart from Roland Garros.
“I’m not 24 anymore so things have changed in a big way,” he told ESPN. “I probably won’t play any clay events except the French [Open].
“I need a rest, my body needs healing. I need time to prepare, so you’ll probably see me at the French.”
After his Miami Open final win over Nadal, Roger Federer told Brad Gilbert he's likely to only play the French Open during the clay season. pic.twitter.com/bSOZh4WOqj
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