Roger Federer tops Rafael Nadal once again, clinches Miami Open title

Once upon a time, it was the same story for Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Federer also defeated Nadal in the Australian Open final in January, and two weeks ago en route to the Indian Wells title.

Federer continued his outstanding start to the year 2017 and beat Nadal 6-3, 6-4 in straight sets to claim the Miami Open title.

Speaking after the win, Federer said: "The dream continues".

After surprising himself in Melbourne and Indian Wells, Federer figured the semifinals in Key Biscayne might be a stretch.

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

Federer was in sublime form against Nadal in Miami as he dispatched the Spaniard in an hour and 34 minutes.

Squinting into the sun at the start today, Federer could not find his first serve facing two break points in the opening game. Then of course I am looking very good for the [ATP] Finals, for the year-end championships, where I've been very successful.

"Second set, we didn't have much chances on return games, eventually I got a few important ones and played the right way just as I have all year..."

There has always been a marked contrast between Federer and Nadal's styles and with time it has become further accentuated.

In the video below, when Nadal's shot clears the baseline, Federer punches the air and falls to the floor in sheer delight with a huge smile on his face.

Speaking on court after the match, Federer congratulated his Spanish opponent on his own comeback before admitting he was happy they were in the final together.

"I'm not 24 anymore", Federer said.

So while Nadal, the greatest clay court player of all-time, is likely to contest Masters Series events in Monte Carlo, Madrid and Rome, his great Swiss rival will join up with him again in the French capital. I need rest, my body needs healing and I need time as well to prepare.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? The Swiss champion believes that the break he had last season has helped him and that another period of rest is necessary to keep him fresh for grass and the following hard court season.

Even if Nadal manages to come away with his 10th French Open title in Paris, Federer should be the favorite at the All England Club.

At 35 years old, Federer is now the oldest to ever win men's singles at the Miami Open.

"I'll focus on the French and the grass and the hardcourts after that - that is the key for me. Physically and emotionally it has been a draining week, I think I did very well", he said. Says Rafa: "I think I'm ready to win more titles". "Hopefully, I will play the French, and then for me that's when the season really starts".

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