It was a jam-packed stadium, on Sunday noon in Miami, fans gathered from all around the world to witness two grand ambassadors of tennis, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal fighting to claim their stake on Miami Open title. Rafa Vs Roger is most talked about event in tennis and one of the most enticing and engaging battle to watch. Such occasions were reduced quite a lot in recent history but the story was different in 2017, both of them have met for the 3rd time in just 3 months.
Before 2017 both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were suffering from indifferent forms and were troubled with injuries, but in 2017 both gentlemen are again on top of their game. Especially Roger what a comeback he has made starting with winning Australian Open Grandslam, Indian Wells and now Miami Open he has just nailed it. On the other hand on all three occasions, Rafa just fell short of his all-time favorite competitor Roger. While Australian Open battle was five setter and very closely fought match but other two can be termed as a one-sided affair for Roger. It never looked like he is ever going to lose these matches. It has never been this way Rafa has always kept Roger away from some famous victories on most of the occasions. But gradually Roger is bettering his head on head numbers against Nadal it is 14 to 23 now in 37 encounters.
Talking about of today’s match, Roger was just unstoppable today although Rafa got enough number of break point opportunities during the match but Federer never let it go. On the other, Roger maintained constant pressure on Nadal and found a way out in both the sets. Rafa was able to hold onto a number of break points but Roger kept on producing one after another great gameplay to overcome Nadal’s resistance to win the match with score line 6-3, 6-4.
Both Roger and Rafa shares immense respect towards each other, they always cherish and appreciate each other performances irrespective of results. Both of them know exactly what each other are capable of and results in between them has always been a matter of winning few crucial big points. In post match presentation Roger Federer said:
“On the big points I was just maybe a little bit better,”. “It was more of a fight mode I was in today trying to stay afloat. It has been a draining week.”
He further added: “I got a few important ones,”. “I played the right way, like I have so often done this year, just very committed, and it paid off at the very end.”
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) April 2, 2017
With the end of this match, Federer is looking forward to taking a long two-month break, for taking care of his body. Most probably he will be next seen in Paris for French open.
“I’m not 24 anymore,” Federer said. “I need a rest. My body needs healing.” Federer said.
“I want to stay healthy,” Federer said. “When I’m healthy and feeling good, I can produce tennis like this. If I’m not feeling this good, there’s no chance I’ll be in finals competing with Rafa.”
Rafael Nadal congratulated Federer for his solid comeback and Miami open title and was a little upset about the fact that he has to wait for another year. Till now Nadal has not been able to win Miami open championship.
“It’s disappointing for me that I am trying during all my career,” Nadal told the crowd with a smile during the trophy ceremony. “Every three years I am in this position, but always with the smaller trophy.”
In next two months, the focus will be on clay courts and Nadal is king of the clay court. Even Federer acknowledged it and said Nadal on clay courts will tear into pieces all his opponents.
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