Roger Federer’s stunning return to his best in 2017 reached new heights on Sunday as he beat Rafael Nadal in the final of the Miami Open.
The three biggest tennis tournaments to date in 2017 have all been won by Federer – the Australian Open (Grand Slam), the Indian Wells Masters (Masters 1000) and the Miami Open (Masters 1000).
These victories come after an injury-riddled season in 2016, something many thought Federer would not recover from.
However, the Swiss sensation is doing just fine now.
On Sunday, Federer steam rolled his great rival, Nadal, winning 6-3, 6-4.
Two breaks of serve for Federer were enough to get him over the line.
A feature of his play on the day was his ability to keep Nadal moving at all times and also seize any opportunity to shorten points.
To the victor go the spoils.
— Miami Open (@MiamiOpen) April 2, 2017
Speaking afterwards, Federer admitted that he is delighted at the current state of his game and is even slightly surprised at how quickly he has rediscovered his form.
"For me the dream continues, it's been a fabulous couple of weeks,” he smiled.
“First in Indian Wells and now in Miami.
"The atmosphere is very special, I've been coming here since the Orange Bowl when I began the world number one journey.
“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."
When it was Nadal’s turn to speak, he said that Federer’s comeback was one of the greatest in the history of the sport.
"Congrats to Roger and his team,” the Spaniard said.
“One of the greatest comebacks from injury in history."