Roger Federer picked up his third title of 2017 on Sunday, beating Rafael Nadal in straight sets to claim the Miami Open and continue his sensational resurgence.
The Swiss great beat his Spanish rival for a third time this season and fourth in succession, needing just two breaks of serve and 94 minutes to claim his 91st career title and with it, a 26th Masters crown thanks to a 6-3 6-4 victory in Florida.
Federer also cements his place at number one in the year’s race for ranking points and will rise to number four in the world after adding Miami to his titles at Indian Wells and the Australian Open already this season.
It also hands Federer a first Miami title since 2006 and clinches back-to-back 1000 Series titles after he beat Stan Wawrinka to the Indian Wells crown to continue rolling back the years.
“For me, the dream continues, it’s been a fabulous couple of weeks. First in Indian Wells and now in Miami,” the champion told the crowd.
“The atmosphere is very special, I’ve been coming here since the Orange Bowl when I became the world number one junior.
“Thanks to my team, what a start to the year, I can’t believe it. Thank you again and thanks for last year when it wasn’t so good too.”
For Nadal, it is a fifth defeat in the Miami Masters final and a third final defeat of 2017 but with the clay court season looming large, the Spaniard can feel confident of adding to his 69 career titles.
“It’s disappointing for me that I have been trying during all my career. Every three years, I am here in this position but always with the smaller trophy,” he said
“I am going to keep trying hard for the next couple of years. Hopefully I will not have to wait three more years to be in that position fighting again for the title.”