Roger Federer Completes Third Sunshine Double With Miami Open Title

Roger Federer has won the Miami Open
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The legend of Roger Federer continues to grow.

The Swiss maestro continued his improbable run of dominance in 2017 by clinching his third title of the season with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Rafael Nadal in the Miami Open final on Sunday.

Federer added to his ATP World Tour Masters 1000 legacy, notching his 26th championship and third Sunshine Double (2005-06), having lifted the trophy in Indian Wells two weeks prior. With the victory, Federer also notched his 91st tour-level title.

At 35, Federer is playing some of the best tennis of his career — so good that he’s even dominating his longtime nemesis. Federer beat Nadal for the third time this year and fourth time in a row. He also became the oldest men’s champion in the 33-year history of the Miami Open.

Federer also defeated Nadal in the Australian Open final in January, and two weeks ago en route to the Indian Wells title. He’s the first three-time champion on the men’s tour this year — and ready for a well-deserved break. He plans to skip the bulk of the clay court season before returning for the French Open in late May.

“I’m not 24 anymore, I need a rest. My body needs healing”, Federer said. “I want to stay healthy. When I’m healthy and feeling good, I can produce tennis like this. If I’m not feeling this good, there’s no chance I’ll be in finals competing with Rafa.”

The 18-time Grand Slam champion’s run is remarkable. He has the best record on the men’s tour this year at 19-1, including 7-0 against players ranked in the top 10, and has won 11 matches in a row. His best start to a season since 2006 comes after he missed the final six months of last year with a left knee injury.

“For me,” Federer said, “the dream continues.”

 

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