3 Apr 2017

Federer beats Nadal in Miami final

7:52 am on 3 April 2017

Former tennis world number one Roger Federer has continued his remarkable resurgence in 2017, beating old foe Rafael Nadal in straight sets to win the Miami Masters title.

Roger Federer

Roger Federer Photo: Photosport

Federer won the Australian Open before claiming the recent Indian Wells title.

Federer continued his recent mastery of Nadal when he beat his great rival 6-3 6-4 in the final in Miami.

Federer, peerless this year after returning from a six-month injury absence, broke once in each set on the Crandon Park hardcourt for his fourth consecutive victory over the Spaniard.

Nadal still leads their career head-to-head record at 23-14, due entirely to his superiority on clay, but Federer now leads 10-9 on hardcourt.

Federer improved to 19-1 this year, winning the Australian Open in five sets over Nadal, and Paribas Open in straight sets over Stan Wawrinka.

His only loss was at the hands of Russian Evgeny Donskoy in the second round in Dubai.