Roger Federer won his 3rd ATP World Masters 1000 tourney at the Miami Open in Key Biscayne, Florida, once again defeating Spain’s Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-4 in an hour and 34 minutes.
Since returning from his six month injury lay-off, the 35-year-old Federer has also won the Australian Open and Indian Wells and he heads into the clay season as, once again, the dominant presence on the ATP Tour.
“It’s been a fabulous couple of weeks,” said Federer after his victory.
The loss was Nadal’s fifth in a final in Miami and third of his confrontation with the Swiss Champ, including Australian Open Final.
“I’m moving up in the (Emirates ATP Rankings) and I just want to stay healthy,” Federer told ESPN on Sunday after the match, Efe news reported.
“When I’m healthy and feeling good, I can produce tennis like this. 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. It would be great to be No. 1 again, but it’s a long way away,” the No. 4-ranked star added.
Nadal had the chance to break Federer’s serve three times in the first set, but he was not able to accomplish that task, although Federer managed to do so to his rival in the eighth game, going up at that point 5-3 and then taking the final game.
“It was totally key,” Federer said. “He looked good from the get-go. 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 a very intense first set.”
There has always been a marked contrast between Federer and Nadal’s styles and with time it has become further accentuated. Nadal was working hard in the 83 degrees afternoon heat, thrusting himself into his shots while the elegant Federer’s poise appears almost casual.
In the second set, Federer gained the advantage in the seventh game and then went up 5-4, after which Nadal was unable to recover, losing his fifth final in Miami, having gone down to defeat in 2005, 2008, 2011, 2014.
Federer thanked his team for helping him to make a great comeback and also congratulated Nadal for his comeback to the circuit as well. The Swiss player also announced to take a nearly two month break before the French open in late May.
“I’m not 24 anymore so things have changed in a big way and I probably won’t play any clay court event except the French,” he said.
Federer fired 30 winners, 18 of them in the first set, against his adversary, who suffered from the effect of the high 75 percent humidity and 28 degree Celsius heat, a situation that several times almost resulted in his racket escaping his sweaty hands.
The Swiss champion has pocketed $1,175,505 in his prize money while Nadal received $573680.
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) April 2, 2017