2017 just keeps getting better for Roger Federer as the Swiss Maestro defeated Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-4 to win his third Sunshine Double and lift the Miami Open trophy for the first time since 2006!
It's Roger's third Miami title overall, his third title of the season and the 26th Masters 1000 title of his illustrious career. Pretty special stuff from the 35-year-old who's barely put a foot wrong since he stepped back on the court in Perth earlier this year.
Quick Match Recap
Federer won the toss and elected to serve. Both players were met with ridiculous humidity levels, and Roger had to save two break points to hold for 1-0.
Nadal quickly levelled, but in game four he had to fight off two break points to make 2-2. Rafa then fashioned his third break point of the set before Roger held for 3-2.
More break points soon followed, Nadal fighting off one on his own serve then failing to convert his fourth as Roger held to lead 4-3.
In game eight Federer was the man to make the key breakthrough, converting his second break point of the game with a sweet forehand return and serving out the set 6-3.
At the set changeover, both players left the court to change their soaked clothes. Upon resumption, Nadal held to 15, and Roger quickly levelled to love.
Unlike the first set where both servers were under pressure, set two saw holding serve get a whole lot easier with Roger hitting three consecutive holds to love.
This time around though it was Nadal who was the first come under pressure, in game seven he had to save two break points and in game nine he slipped to 30-40 after a lucky net cord. There was no luck on the next shot though as Roger ripped a nice return to break for 5-4.
Serving for the title, Roger started with a double fault but then came up with a genius backhand that dipped in and closed it out to 30 to get his hands on the winners vase.
|Roger Federer||Rafael Nadal|
|First Serve Percent||63% (39/62)||63% (41/65)|
|1st Serve Points Won||87% (34/39)||66% (27/41)|
|2nd Serve Points Won||48% (11/23)||50% (12/24)|
|Break Points Saved||100% (4/4)||78% (7/9)|
|Service Games Played||10||9|
|1st Serve Return Points Won||34% (14/41)||13% (5/39)|
|2nd Serve Return Points Won||50% (12/24)||52% (12/23)|
|Break Points Converted||22% (2/9)||0% (0/4)|
|Return Games Played||9||10|
|Total Service Points Won||73% (45/62)||60% (39/65)|
|Total Return Points Won||40% (26/65)||27% (17/62)|
|Total Points Won||56% (71/127)||44% (56/127)|
Thoughts on the Match
I'm moving up in the rankings, and I just want to stay healthy. 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.
Another incredible week for the GOAT who backed up his win in Indian Wells with a peRFect week in Miami. Just like in Australia and California it's hard to comprehend how he keeps producing these performances. Simply top drawer tennis. If any other 35-year-olds after six months out were doing this, it'd be pretty special but when you factor in the brand of tennis Federer plays it just takes the enjoyment aspect to a whole other level.
After two matches that went to the wire against Berdych and Kyrgios, this was more of a one-sided affair. Nadal started in aggressive fashion and won his fair share of the early exchanges especially on Fed's second serve, but Roger saved the break points with big time plays. He then took his chance after Nadal missed his and never looked back.
Both guys appeared to have spent a fair bit of energy in the opener, and in the second the level dropped a tad, but it was Roger who continued to go after his forehand showing off his precise footwork to hit a slew of blistering inside-out forehands and rack up nineteen winners off that wing overall. Really pleasing to see that he was able to move well throughout and the day off yesterday clearly helped.
As for Nadal, still not his best I don't think, but he's making progress. He's set the bar so high over the years but making three finals this season is nothing to scoff at and you have to think on clay he'll be a factor. By the looks of it he won't have Federer to contend with either 😆
So what's next? Well, it's time for a well-deserved break to recharge the batteries after a very intense period. The body and mind need a rest. But enough about me. What about Roger? He hinted to Brad Gilbert he might only play the French Open this year. Wise choice I feel. What do you guys think? Let me know in the comments.