Federer defeats rival Nadal in Miami Open final

Apr 10, 2017, 01:01

Roger Federer clinched his 91st career title when he beat rival Rafa Nadal 6-3 6-4 in the Miami Open final on Sunday. Nadal's recent performance will make him one of the favourites for the upcoming clay court tournaments, including the French Open which commences on 22 May. "I truly believe you are going to still win this tournament".

"I want to stay healthy and enjoy myself", he 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", he added.

We would remind you that Federer is 35 years old - so far beyond the sweet spot of an elite player's prime that it is, frankly, hard to process.

Federer, 35, is off to a flying 19-1 start in 2017 after winning 11 consecutive matches as he now pauses to consider how much he will play in the pre-French Open clay season.

Nadal was forced to save two break points at 3-3 in the second set but Federer eventually got the breakthrough at 4-4, to hand himself the chance to serve for the title which he took.

This is published unedited from the ANI feed. I feel very comfortable, very confident it is the right decision.

"Wimbledon has to be the biggest goal. but all of the grass really is important to me because I will play Stuttgart and Halle there, too", Federer said during the post-match press conference yesterday, according to ATP's official website.

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"My knee was odd on the clay previous 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". "I think I was close enough to win the first set. I need time to prepare, so you'll probably see me at the French".

The result left Nadal a five-times Miami runner-up, after previous final defeats in 2005, 2008, 2011 and 2014.

"I'm happy we're both here together, this is where it all started for us in 2004 whenyou were a little boy", Federer told Nadal.

Roger Federer of Sweden celebrates after winning the final match against Rafael Nadal of Spain on Day 14 of the Miami Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center on Monday in Key Biscayne, Florida. I don't believe in luck, but I was not very lucky in the first set in a couple of points that I think I played well and I lost in the break points, and that's it.

Despite a few edgy moments in the second, the 35-year-old always appeared in control and forced the crucial break at 4-4 before again holding his serve to seal the title.

Federer has had one of the best starts to a season this year and is now holding a 19-1 record, which also includes a 7-0 record against top-10 players.

So can Federer transfer his dominance on hard court to the European clay?