It was the final day of the sunshine double and we got the same victor in Miami as we had in Indian Wells with Roger Federer topping Rafael Nadal in today’s final. This victory supports the statement people have been making that Federer is in the prime with him winning the first three big tournaments of the beginning of the year and beating Nadal four times in a row, which he has never done before.
The match was rather straight forward with Federer overtaking Nadal 6-3, 6-4 but the match was of a high quality as both players were playing solid and aggressive tennis. Nadal wasn’t able to hold his nerve towards the end of either sets but he did have his opportunities throughout the first set. The match started with a deuce game in which Federer saved 2 break points before holding and that trend continued. Both players had break points but neither was able to capitalise until Federer broke to go up 5-3 and then served out the first set. Nadal was able refocus for the second set and the match went back to the pattern of both men playing aggressive and solid tennis and matching each other for a very entertaining performance. Federer’s game improved for the second set and Nadal didn’t even have a break point despite him playing very solid tennis. He was able to fend off Federer till the pointy end of the set when Federer managed to get the break to lead 5-4 and he didn’t show any signs of nerves as he served out the championship. Federer announced after that he won’t be on the tour again till the French Open to preserve himself but if he returns playing like he is currently I wouldn’t be surprised if he challenged for the title.
In some other news I thought I would mention, Henri Kontinen has become the new men’s doubles world number 1 as he overtook Nicolas Mahut today by virtue of his run to the second round in Miami, which shows how tight the points are in men’s doubles. He’s highlights over the past twelve months include victories in Munich, Hamburg, Winston-Salem, St. Petersburg, Paris, the ATP World Tour Finals and the Australian Open, all with his partner John Peers.