Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal, an exiting final of Miami Masters 1000
12 Abril, 2017, 18:47
Federer said he will now take a almost two-month break from the sport before returning for the French Open in late May.
Nadal has also had an excellent start to the year and it would be a surprise if, in these relatively heavy conditions, he does not win what would be his first Miami title.
"Of course I'm thrilled for him as well that he came back as well as he did after the comeback, the struggles that he had a year ago", Federer added.
"I will probably stay on hard courts for the next few weeks and I will get on the clay two weeks before the French".
In the second set, the 35-year-old 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 and 2014.
Nadal overcame a pair of break points serving at 3-3, held on to his service game, and pumped his fists in exultation when he took a 4-3 lead in the second set.
Federer had already recorded two wins over Nadal in 2017 and was looking for a fourth consecutive success over his great rival - something he had never achieved in the course of his career.
"Thanks to my team, what a start to the year, I can't believe it. Thank you again and thanks for last year when it wasn't so good too".
All in all, both Federer and Rafa are experiencing a resurgence in their tennis. Though he has won two of last three tournaments he played including Australian Open where he defeated Nadal in a gruelling five set battle. "You don't very often play three breakers in a match".
He made his comeback in the ATP tour at the Australian Open as the 17th seed and went on to win his 18th Grand Slam, beating his old nemesis Rafael Nadal in a five-set thriller in the final. "Every three years I am in this position, but always with the smaller trophy", Nadal said during the trophy ceremony.
"The dream continues", Federer told the crowd in Miami after the match.
The biggest talking points were the depth that Nadal could get on his forehand side and the stability of Federer's one-handed backhand. "It's disappointing for me that I am trying during all my career. If I am ready for that, I think I am very excited about playing back on clay again".