Takeaways from the Miami Open final

Miami Open victor Roger Federer said on Sunday he will probably skip the upcoming European clay court season except for the French Open.

In addition, he has also proven able to get the better of Nadal – the man he defeated in an epic Australian Open final in January – on a consistent basis, having trailed 23-10 in their head-to-head prior to his recent streak of victories. Ultimately Federer won this match from taking advantage of the small windows of opportunity and imposing his game on Nadal, which was the tale of the tape in Indian Wells just two weeks ago too.

Federer, who will now jump to the fourth spot in ATP rankings, is all set to improve further as he has left rivals Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray behind in the race to year-ending top spot.

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.

Federer had to make a titanic effort to qualify for the final of the Masters 1000 in Miami. Nadal failed to read the Federer backhand yet again and eventually lost the set 6-3. “When I’m healthy and I’m feeling good, I can produce tennis like this”. Always when I am playing that well, on clay it helps a little bit more for me.

“My knee was odd on the clay past year so maybe being away from it as much as possible is a good thing, even though I don’t think it was because of the clay as such”.

“It felt very good”, said Federer.

“Winning here would be something great, and it’s an important title that I didn’t win yet”, Nadal said.

“That is why this break coming now in the clay court season and focusing everything now on the French, the grass and then the hard courts after that, is going to be the key for me”.

“It was an intense first set, things could have turned quickly, it could have gone either way”.

After his win over Nadal, he revealed he was going to take some time off and not return until the French Open in June.

“I am at a very high level of tennis and I believe I am ready to win these titles”.

The last time he started the year winning these three tournaments was 2006. It was more of a fight mode I was in today just trying to stay afloat.

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