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.


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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