Roger Federer’s dream comeback continues with another win
Switzerland’s Roger Federer has won a third title in 2017 after he defeated Rafael Nadal of Spain in straight sets in the final of the Miami Open today.
Federer, who missed the second half of a year ago recovering from knee surgery, has made a rousing return to the court in 2017, winning three of the four tournaments he has contested, including the Australian Open.
Federer chased off four break points in a final lasting just over 90 minutes, with Nadal broken once per set as his Swiss rival dominated.
Federer, who was ranked 17th before Australia, extended his longest win streak against Nadal – four matches – with his 14th victory in the series.
Both players blew break point opportunities early in Sunday’s final.
The Swiss maestro held serve then broke Nadal – before serving out the set in style.
Though Federer will now benefit from a day off, he could have got the job done much sooner had he converted two match points in the second-set tie-break.
“It was totally key”, Federer said. “He was playing big tennis, stepping in and doing all the right things”.
“A bit more luck on his side and the wrong decisions by me at that moment and it could have turned very quickly”. It was an intense first set – could have gone either way.
The biggest talking points were the depth that Nadal could get on his forehand side and the stability of Federer’s one-handed backhand.
I probably won’t play any clay-court events except the French.
I’m not 24 anymore so things have changed in a big way.
“Roger, congratulations on one of the best comebacks ever after an injury, so well done, I’m happy for you”, Nadal said.
“My goal is to feel ready to play on clay again and I know if I have good preparation and have a healthy transition to the clay and find my rhythm on clay, I can be one of those candidates”. That’s why taking a break and resting during the clay season and focusing on Roland Garros, the grass and the hard courts after that is best.
“I’m playing enough well to fight for everything I think”.
He said: “It’s disappointing for me that I have been trying during all my career”.
Nadal, who has never who won the Miami title, will face the victor of Friday’s second semi-final between twice champion Federer, the fourth seed, and the 12th-seeded Australian Nick Kyrgios. We’ve had some epic matches over the years, which I didn’t always enjoy, but mostly we had some great battles.