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Summary

  1. Federer defeats Nadal 6-3 6-4 to claim third Miami title
  2. Federer beat Nadal in Australian Open final and en route to Indian Wells title
  3. Federer takes fourth straight win over Nadal
  4. Nadal still leads head-to-head rivalry 23-14

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By Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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Even Roger Federer can barely believe he's already won three titles this year, judging by this cracking image. 

Not just any old three titles either. Only a Grand Slam and two ATP 1000s. Magnificent.

The Federer fairytale continues as we leave the hard courts and head into the clay season.

Perhaps we might see a Roger-style revival from the 'King of Clay'...

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Federer wins Miami Open

Federer 6-3 6-4 Nadal

Now then, I know only three words in Italian and two of those are pizza and pasta..

A popular online translation tool tells us though that Fognini is quite relieved he lost to Nadal in the semi-final so he didn't have to come up against that performance from Roger.


          UNICO,SPETTACOLARE...il Re indiscusso... Ragazzi meno male che ho perso in Semi... 😂😂😂

UNICO,SPETTACOLARE...il Re indiscusso... Ragazzi meno male che ho perso in Semi... 😂😂😂

Federer wins Miami Open

Federer 6-3 6-4 Nadal

Roger Federer speaking on court after his Miami Open victory:  "Congratulations to you too Rafa on your great comeback to the tour. 

"It was great match and this is where it all started for us back in 2004. I said to you after my lucky victory back then that you would win this title and I still believe you will one day win this title, you are too good to not win here.

"The dream continues. I had a fantastic couple of weeks in Indian Wells and I've been coming here since 1988 when I became the world number one junior. It really is a beautiful stop on the tour.

"What a start to the year, I can't believe it. Thanks to everyone who has supported me this year and in the difficult times last year."

Federer wins Miami Open

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Roger Federer has proved a lot of the doubters he accumulated during that time very wrong.

Hard to believe @rogerfederer until this year, hasn't won a GSlam in 5 years.... the way he's playing now!!! 🤔🤔🤔

Federer wins Miami open

Federer 6-3 6-4 Nadal

Roger Federer's victory means he has racked up 19 ATP Tour wins so far in 2017, a figure which no-one else has topped.

One man has matched that tally, however...Rafa Nadal. But Federer has only lost one match compared to Rafa's five, and of course has three more titles to go in his trophy cabinet.

ATP Tour wins this year:

Roger Federer 19

Rafa Nadal 19

Jack Sock 18

Grigor Dimitrov 17

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 17

David Goffin 17

Dominic Thiem 17

Federer wins Miami Open

Federer 6-3 6-4 Nadal

Britain's Fed Cup captain is as impressed by Roger Federer's performance - on and off court - as the rest of us...

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Federer 6-3 6-4 Nadal

Time for Roger Federer to take over the mic. A typically-statesmanlike speech from the 35-year-old, who starts off by congratulating Rafa Nadal on a "great comeback of his own".

Respect and class just oozes out of these two gents.

Federer wins Miami Open

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Rafael Nadal speaking on Sky Sports : "First of all, I have to say congrats to Roger and his team. He has produced one of the greatest comebacks after taking time off tour.

"It has been a good start to the season for me even if I have now lost to Roger three times! 

"I am going to keep trying hard and many thanks to the crowd, it has been a huge privilege to play in front of you."

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Huge cheers from the crowd as the Spaniard switches into his native tongue. I'd love to tell you what he said, unfortunately it was too quick for my GCSE B grade to unpick...

Federer wins Miami Open

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Presentation time. Rafa has had a good glug of water, mopped his soaking forehand and redressed himself after whipping off his shirt.

Nadal is as gracious as ever, heaping praise on his great rival and labelling the Swiss' comeback as one of the "greatest ever".

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Naveed Afzal : Federer wins in straight sets. That was rather tame by Rafa. He makes so many unforced and poor errors these days.  

Nadeem Beebeejuan : And the GOAT showing no sign of slowing down..! Congrats Federer on 3rd title of the year.  

'Federer's backhand an absolute weapon'

Federer 6-3 6-4 Nadal

We're reliably informed that he worked on his backhand...

I don't know what Roger did in his time off, But that backhand is absolute weapon now. Stepping in on Rafa serve just beautiful

Sunshine double Federer! Bravo! Legend

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Federer was finished, some said. Well they look a bit stupid. After missing the last six months of 2016, he has returned almost better than ever. 

The Swiss maestro has won 19 of his 20 matches this year, scooping up the Aussie Open, Indian Wells and now Miami titles.

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Federer shrieks with pure pleasure after the winning point, looking almost tempted to drop to the purple acrylic. He thinks better of that, possibly fearing injury, leaping back into the air instead. He turns to his box, where Mrs Federer is whooping with delight, double fist-pumping.

Game, set and match - Federer

Federer 6-3 6-4 Nadal

No problems this time! Roger Federer wins the Miami Open as Rafa Nadal goes long on match point.

That's only his THIRD title of 2017. At the age of 35. 

What. A. Freak. (In the nicest possible sense.)

*Federer 6-3 5-4 Nadal

It is not all smooth sailing as Rafa levels at 30-30. Remember he didn't close out victory against Tomas Berdych in the quarters as he would have liked...

*Federer 6-3 5-4 Nadal

Federer quickly redeems himself with a wonderful forehand winner, then moves 30-15 ahead when Rafa finds the net...

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*Federer 6-3 5-4 Nadal

Even the GOAT has nerves. Federer double faults with his opening gambit...

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So here we are. Federer serves for the match. And the title...

Federer breaks

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just like the first set, Roger Federer strikes at the best possible time. Or worst possible time if you're Rafa Nadal.

And he does it with a huge slice of luck (and no little skill).

Federer tees up break point - his third of the second set - when a backhand takes a big chunk of the net and leaves Nadal scrabbling.

An inch-perfect lob can't be retrieved by Nadal and Federer has the break.

Pretty amazing indeed

Former world number one Victoria Azarenka is enjoying this face-off. 

The only match I've been able to watch this past weeks,turns out to be pretty amazing!!! Roger vs Rafa who you got?

Federer 6-3 4-4 Nadal*

Nadal continues to sit back and wait when he is receiving, Federer proving to be much proactive. A hunter always hunts, eh?

There is a hairy moment as Federer misses a forehand to give Nadal a slight sniff at 30-30, only to save himself with a couple of big service points.

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Manchhui : Nadal currently producing too many unforced errors to have a chance to win this final.  

*Federer 6-3 3-4 Nadal

This is what great champions are made of. And I'm talking about Rafa on this occasion. Roger Federer racks up a second break point - much to the delight of many in the Miami crowd - but Nadal keeps his nerve to construct another neat point.

He holds off the Swiss, going on to hold what could be a key service game.

Talk about guts...

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Federer 6-3 3-3 Nadal*

Nadal's poised...he thumps down a first serve. Federer returns...Nadal pulls out a drop-shot... Federer makes it. But Nadal is ready and waiting at the net, volleying a winner before swivelling with a vigorous fist-pump that almost knocks him off balance...

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Rafa Nadal appears to be trying to end the points very quickly rather than dragging them out against an ageing opponent (albeit Roger Federer) - and it could prove costly.

Rafa's haste is Roger's gain, the Swiss clocking up the first break point of the second set....

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Dennis Ethan : Federer moving freely on court much more than Nadal today and a solid forehand so far. The difference for me. 

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Federer 6-3 3-3 Nadal*

And still no break points. Federer is totally in control of his service game, Nadal spraying returns all over the place. 

He changes direction more often than a clock pendulum, failing to consistently target one part of Federer's game. 

A stretching forehand ends up smacking the net-post, ending another game in favour of Federer without a dent on the Swiss's serve.

Will the changes be enough?

Nadal has tweaked his game after the losses to Federer in the Australian Open final and at Indian Wells but will it be enough? Federer seems to have adapted to whatever Nadal is throwing at him.

Great tactical changes from Rafa today. Mixing serve and going much more into the Federer Fh to soften up the backhand.

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Anything Roger can do...

Rafa hits back with a quality service game, firing a warning shot to Roger that he is not prepared to cough up his serve as easily as he did in the first set.

We saw 10 break points in the first set. Not one so far in the second...

Federer 6-3 2-2 Nadal*

One cannot help swoon over Roger Federer. Whatever he does - a dreamy forehand at 15-0, a deft pick-up at 30-0, a clinical winner at 40-0 - it just makes you purr.

Another easy hold-to-love for the Swiss in about the time it takes to boil a half-full kettle.

*Federer 6-3 1-2 Nadal

Sweat is seeping out of Rafa Nadal's pores as he takes a moment to look up to the clear blue Miami sky at 40-30 in his favour. He's feeling the heat. Perhaps in more ways than one.

What's he looking at? A drone perhaps? It brings a few jeers from the crowd, who are slightly more pro-Federer, but it does not distract Nadal. He sees out the hold.

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Kristine Kirby : If Nadal is backed into a corner, he will fight his way out. Mentally strong and physically he should be fresher than Roger.  

Federer 6-3 1-1 Nadal*

And talking of routine holds....that is what Federer gets as the match ticks past the hour mark.

Roger's forehand is sizzling, producing an average speed of 84 mph so far. That is his go-to shot again, forcing Nadal back as the Spaniard struggles to get his footwork right.

Nadal slaps a backhand into the net to seal a hold-to-love for the Swiss.

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*Federer 6-3 0-1 Nadal

Just what the tennis doctor ordered for Rafa Nadal. A spoonful of good serving. 

The Spaniard holds to 15 in the opening game of the second set, rarely threatened by the Swiss' armoury.

Federer 6-3 0-0 Nadal*

Let's get going again. Rafa has the ball in his hand to start this second set...

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Mehdi Syed : Come on Federer, let's do it again. Ages like wine. Greatest of all time.

Federer 6-3 Nadal

Anyone disappointed so far? Didn't think so. There is more affection inside Crandon Park than there was in Haight-Ashbury during the summer of love. Banners, t-shirts, flags - everyone wants to tell these two how much they mean to them.

Both players nip off for a pit stop. Roger returning a couple of minutes head of Rafa, who seems to have had a quick change of shorts...

Game and first set - Federer

Federer 6-3 Nadal

Well, well, well. The direction of that set changed very quickly. From jogging alongside each other shoulder to shoulder, Federer decided to bolt for the line - and he made it.

The 18-time Slam champ rattles off an easy hold in about 60 seconds to take the first set.

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Federer breaks

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Federer earns himself a second break point - again Rafa goes to the serve down the middle to save.

But Federer is not going to be denied.

The Swiss earns a third bite of the apple when he pounces on a lame second serve by Spaniard. Predatory.

He's got it!

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