Another Federer-Nadal Classic: Tennis’s greatest rivalry continues to enthral

In yet another Federer-Nadal classic, the Swiss tennis maestro won the Miami Open to make it his 91st title. Roger Federer was simply too dominant against his old rival Rafael Nadal whom he beat in straight sets (6-3, 6-4). This means that Federer has now won the last four encounters against Rafa, a career hot streak for the Swiss.

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There’s no denying that Federer has had an amazing start to the 2017 season having already won the Australian Open. There is a new care-free approach to his tennis that is really reaping dividends. Federer doesn’t seem to be under any kind of pressure and is clearly enjoying his game. Perhaps this new attitude has something to do with the fact that his time on the tennis court is winding down. Whatever it is, Federer has regained shades of his invincible best.

As far as Rafa is concerned, losing to Federer four times in a row will hurt him. But he also knows that Federer has hit a purple patch which may not last throughout the season. In fact, Rafa too has had a decent start to the season which would have been golden had it not been for Federer. And with the clay court circuit around the corner, Rafa should easily have a few titles under his belt.

All in all, both Federer and Rafa are experiencing a resurgence in their tennis. They look ready to go the distance and compete for all the important tournaments. This is only good news for tennis fans as we can expect more Federer-Nadal match ups in the year ahead.
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Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal in straight sets to win Miami Open

Roger Federer still trails Rafael Nadal in their career head to head record. (Source: AP) Roger Federer still trails Rafael Nadal in their career head to head record. (Source: AP)

Roger Federer continued his recent mastery of Rafa Nadal when he beat his great rival 6-3 6-4 in the final of the Miami Open on Sunday.

Federer, peerless this year after returning from a six-month injury absence, broke once in each set on the Crandon Park hardcourt for his fourth consecutive victory over the Spaniard.

Nadal still leads their career head-to-head record at 23-14, due entirely to his superiority on clay, but Federer now leads 10-9 on hardcourt.

Federer improved to 19-1 this year, winning the Australian Open in five sets over Nadal, and Paribas Open in straight sets over Stan Wawrinka.

His only loss was at the hands of Russian Evgeny Donskoy in the second round in Dubai.

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Roger Federer says he will probably rest until French Open

Roger Federer said he was confident he could continue to produce top tennis as long as his body co-operated. Roger Federer said he was confident he could continue to produce top tennis as long as his body co-operated.

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

Federer, 35, wants to give his body a chance to recover over the next two months before the three grand slam championships that come in quick succession.

“I want to stay healthy because when I’m healthy and feeling good I can produce tennis like this,” the 18-times grand slam champion said in a courtside interview after defeating Rafa Nadal.

“I’m not 24 anymore so things have to change in a big way and I probably won’t play any clay court events except the French. I need a rest, my body needs healing. I need time to prepare.”

There are four big ATP clay events before the French Open starts in May — in Monte Carlo, Madrid, Barcelona and Rome.

Federer, who missed the second half of last year recovering from knee surgery, has made a rousing return to the court in 2017, winning three of the four tournaments he has contested, including the Australian Open.

Though no pushover on clay, it is not his best surface.

Of his grand slam titles, 10 have come on hardcourt (five Australian Opens and five U.S. Opens), seven on grass at Wimbledon and just one on clay, the 2009 French Open.

Federer said he was confident he could continue to produce top tennis as long as his body co-operated.

“When I’m healthy and I’m feeling good, I can produce tennis like this. If I’m not feeling this good there’s no chance I would be in the final competing with Rafa.

“That’s why this break coming into clay court season and focusing everything on the French, the grass (Wimbledon) and then the hardcourts (U.S. Open) is going to be the key to me.”

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Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal: An epic final at Miami Open

Roger Federer has beaten Rafael Nadal in previous two meetings this year. (Source: AP) Roger Federer has beaten Rafael Nadal in previous two meetings this year. (Source: AP)

Before the Australia Open this year, tennis fans were wishing for a Roger Federer against Rafael Nadal final. One last time. World number one Andy Murray and number two Novak Djokovic lost before reaching the quarter-finals. Federer vs Nadal in a Grand Slam final was a big possibility now as two of the best players on the tour had lost. And it did happen.

At the final, the fans had their wish. Federer and Nadal had played each other in a Slam final after long. But they were in for a surprise. Both met in the third round of the Indian Wells last and now at the Miami Open final.

Both are playing each other for the third time this year and it feels like old times. The previous two meetings between the two this year were won by Federer and he will look to make it a hat-trick of wins whereas Nadal will like to stop the streak.

Here’s how the two fared in their previous two meetings:

Australia Open 2017 Final: Roger Federer beat Rafael Nadal

It was this match that everyone had waited for. After long Federer and Nadal were playing each other on the second Sunday of a Slam. First set, Federer made it look easy and pocketed it 6-4. But, the power of Nadal was on displated as he levelled it 1-1 by winning the second set 6-3. Now, Federer rolled back years and in a display of amazing tennis, he won the third set 6-1. Federer was favourite to win the title won. Crowd was cheering for the Swiss. They all love him. But as Nadal would have done any giving day, he won the fourth set and forced a decider. There was no way an aging Federer was going to win against a beast like Nadal in the fifth set. Nadal was ripping through Federer with his forehand and Federer’s backhand were returned with ease. Nadal broke Federer. Federer broke Nadal. Nadal broke Federer. Federer broke Nadal but in the end Federer completed a hold and won the final set 6-3 to win the match and his 18th Grand Slam title

Indian Wells 2017: Roger Federer beat Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-3

It was a straight set shocker for Nadal as he was beaten 2-6 3-6 in the fourth round by Federer. An aggressive Federer eased past Nadal and later went on to win the title as well. Nadal rarely looked in control of any point as Federer kept growing in confidence. When Nadal was serving to stay in the match, he served it right into the net and handed two match points to Federer who won the game on the first itself.

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When is Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal Miami Open Final, what time does it start, live streaming online and live TV coverage

Roger Federer has 18-1 record this season so far. (Source: AP) Roger Federer has 18-1 record this season so far. (Source: AP)

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have have made it to the final of the Miami Open. Both the players have reached the final in contrasting fashion as the former was made to work hard in the semi-final while Nadal won the his semi-final in straight sets. This will be their third meeting in a final this year having met in the finals of Australia Open and Indian Wells.

Federer beat Nick Kyrgios 7-6 6-7 7-6 in the semi-final which improved his record to 18-1 in 2017 which Nadal dismantled Fabio Foginni 6-1 7-5 in the other semi-final.

It seems like a fairytale as the two legends, who were battling injuries and were doubtful to return to their best after recovery, making it all the way at three tournaments. In previous two meetings this year between Federer and Nadal, the Swiss has defeated the Spaniard on both occasions. The first time the two met was at Miami Open was back in 2004, a third-roud clash where Federer beat Nadal 6-2, 6-3.

When is Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal final at Miami Open?

Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal is the last match scheduled on Sunday, April 2. The match begin at 1030 PM IST.

Where is Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal match happening?

Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal will be played at the Crandon Tennis Centre, Key Biscayne, Miami.

Which TV channels will do the live broadcast of Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal?

Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal will be broadcast on TenSports Network.

Where can one follow Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal online live?

The match can be streamed live on the Ten website. Get live scores and updates on IndianExpress.com.

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Miami Open’s future? ‘It’s a hard one,’ Roger Federer says

Miami Open officials would prefer to stay on Key Biscayne, and cost isn’t an issue. (Source: USA Today Sports) Miami Open officials would prefer to stay on Key Biscayne, and cost isn’t an issue. (Source: USA Today Sports)

When it comes to tournament matchups, Key Biscayne has fallen behind. A stalled plan to upgrade the complex has caused the Miami Open to decline in prestige, raising doubts about its future.

“When I first arrived here, it was always the biggest tournament after the Grand Slams,” said retiring tour veteran Tommy Haas, who played in the event for the final time last week. “Unfortunately it just hasn’t been able to grow.”

Aside from the Grand Slams, tennis’ premier event is now Indian Wells, where Haas is tournament director as he ends a 22-year playing career. The Miami Open still draws most of the world’s top players, along with more than 300,000 spectators each year, but the future of the event has been in question since a 2015 appeals court decision that prevents improvements to the Key Biscayne facility.

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is interested in moving the tournament 18 miles north to his team’s stadium. Ross doesn’t want to buy the tournament but would invest in a tennis center on stadium grounds because he wants to keep the event in South Florida.

Miami Open officials would prefer to stay on Key Biscayne, and cost isn’t an issue. The tournament is willing to pay for $50 million in improvements to its complex.

But the site is a Miami-Dade County park, and heirs of the family that donated the land have long fought to limit construction. Barring a return to court, the tournament is blocked from carrying out planned upgrades.

“I think at this point everybody understands if it were to move,” said 18-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer, who has been coming to the event since he was 14.

Rumors fly like shanked forehands. There has been speculation for more than a year that the tournament might relocate, with potential sites ranging from South America to China, but tournament officials say they’re staying in Miami.

“The question is, is everybody happy this way or not?” Federer said. “If you want to go bigger, clearly you have to move. But is the grass always greener on the other side? I’m not sure. It’s a hard one.”

For 31 years the tournament has been held on Key Biscayne, a picturesque island across Biscayne Bay from downtown Miami. When a permanent stadium opened in 1994, some heralded the event as a fifth Grand Slam.

But there has been little investment in the property since, causing growing complaints from sponsors and players that the facilities have slipped behind Indian Wells and other events.

Rafael Nadal, a four-time finalist playing in the event for the 13th time, said more courts are among needed changes. But the Spaniard loves the subtropical setting and international flavor.

“The place is beautiful, and it will be great if it can stay here,” Nadal said. “The most important thing that is the tournament stays in Miami. Miami is city well-known all around the world. It’s important that we have our bigger tournaments in important cities.”

But Key Biscayne is no longer even the biggest tournament in March.

Indian Wells, held in the California desert earlier in the month, can point to extensive upgrades in recent years, includes a 16,100-seat stadium billed as second-largest in the world for tennis, with 44 suites. Key Biscayne has a 13,800-seat stadium with 28 suits. While the 32-acre Key Biscayne site has only one permanent stadium, the 54-acre Indian Wells site includes a new permanent second stadium with 8,000 seats.

Players rave about the complex in California.

“We are sort of like the benchmark of what is possible,” Haas said.

On Key Biscayne there are complaints about locker rooms, bathrooms, crowded grounds and the temporary second stadium.

“Unfortunately the tournament just hasn’t been able to grow,” Haas said. “Unfortunately there is not much that has been done in many, many years now. Like everything in life you have to progress, and you have to step it up at times, and give the players and fans and sponsors what they want.

“Maybe they are going to move the event at some point, which would be sad. This is a great spot. People love coming here.”

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