Federer beats Nadal in straight sets in Miami Open final

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Roger Federer of Switzerland holds the winner's trophy after defeating Rafael Nadal of Spain during the Men's Final and day 14 of the Miami Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center on 2 April, 2017 in Key Biscayne, Florida. AFP.

Roger Federer, fresh from winning his third title of the year in Miami, said Sunday he will take a almost two-month break from the sport before returning for the French Open in late May.

The 35-year-old built on January's Australian Open win and last month's Indian Wells success with a convincing 6-3 6-4 win over the Spaniard. While Federer has risen two spots to be number four in the world, Nadal has also shot up as many places to be ranked number five in the rankings chart. "Just another one", Nadal said of another instalment in their long-running rivalry. "I will see you next year".

There has always been a marked contrast between Federer and Nadal's differing styles and with time it has become further accentuated.

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"Nick is in better form and he didn't play last time so I think we've definitely got a better chance", Larkham said. "Every three years I am in this position, but always with the smaller trophy".

"My knee was odd on the clay past year and my physio thought that was a good thing, not playing too much on the clay".

Federer displayed his strong mentality today in defeating his greatest rival for the third time running this season.

Both are playing each other for the third time this year and it feels like old times. "That is why this break is coming in the clay court season, focusing everything on the French, the grass and then the hard courts after that", Federer said after his victory on Sunday, via ESPN.

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"I had so many chances. when you don't convert opportunities you're in trouble, and that's what happened", he said. "I'm playing well enough to fight for everything, I think".

The Spaniard kicked things into gear against the unseeded Fognini by winning the final five games of the first set.

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The first set tie-break was a gripping affair with the Australian twice having set point before it was decided when his return went wide. "Hopefully I will not have to wait three more years to be in that position fighting again for a title". I have good hopes that I'm going to be ready for Monte Carlo.

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