As the first half of the hard season came to end, Roger Federer brought his sheer dominance into exhibitionism. What are targets for him? He is himself a target, a goal, an ambition now. Third victory in 2017, over his decade old rival, Rafael Nadal, was recorded at Miami as he won the final against the Spaniard in straight sets, IN STRAIGHT SETS!!
While a few odds were against him, he proved them all wrong, yet again, to silent the critics. Having won a Sunshine double, i.e. both Indian Wells and Miami Masters, in the same season, he has achieved this feat for the third time. It was his 26th Masters title.
In the end of their 38th meeting, the five time finalist, Nadal and the three time champion, Federer, were all praises for each other. While Nadal has completed 1000+ matches of his career recently, Federer won the 1099th match of his career yesterday. In his winning speech, he mentioned that for the upcoming clay season, the fans will get to see him at the Roland Garros.
He will start practicing 2 weeks before Roland Garros. He is now standing on the 19-1 win-loss record in 2017.
His best starts on ATP World Tour are as follows
35-1 in 2005 +
33-1 in 2006 +
23-1 in 2004 +
19-1 in 2017
+ Finished No. 1
The ageing warhorse has defied the ‘age norms’, which is beyond appreciation. ENCORE to the champion!