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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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  1. Goodbye!

    Roger Federer

    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'...

    Thanks for tuning in - see you again soon!

  2. 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.

  3. 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."

  4. Federer wins Miami Open

    Federer 6-3 6-4 Nadal

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

  5. 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

  6. 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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  7. Federer wins Miami Open

    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.

  8. Federer wins Miami Open

    Federer 6-3 6-4 Nadal

    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."

  9. Federer wins Miami Open

    Federer 6-3 6-4 Nadal

    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...

  10. Federer wins Miami Open

    Federer 6-3 6-4 Nadal

    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.  

  12. 'Federer's backhand an absolute weapon'

    Federer 6-3 6-4 Nadal

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

  13. Federer wins Miami Open

    Federer 6-3 6-4 Nadal

    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.

  14. Federer wins Miami Open

    Federer 6-3 6-4 Nadal

    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.

  15. 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.)

  16. Post update

    *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...

  17. Post update

    *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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  18. Post update

    *Federer 6-3 5-4 Nadal

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

  19. Post update

    *Federer 6-3 5-4 Nadal

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

  20. Federer breaks

    *Federer 6-3 5-4 Nadal

    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.