April 2, 2017 -- Miami, Florida
Roger continues to prove his dominance on the ATP Tour by capturing his 3rd title of 2017.
Facing off against long time friend and rival, Rafael Nadal, Roger remained unbeatable in finals this year. This match marks the first time in the history of the Miami Open in which both finalists were over the age of 30. Roger (35), is now the oldest player to win the Miami title.
He served well and came out on top in the big points, refusing to allow the Spaniard to break. His resilient and offensive play worked in his favor as he clinched the title winning 6-3, 6-4. This is the 3rd time this year the two have faced each other, with all three matches resulting in Roger's favor.
He earned his 91st career title on Sunday by riffling 29 winners under the humid, Miami sun. Roger kept the pedal on the gas as he refused to allow Nadal into long points and pushed him behind the baseline.
"For me, the dream continues. It's been a fabulous couple of weeks."
This is the third time the Swiss has won the Sunshine Double (Indian Wells + Miami) and the last time Roger won in Miami, he did so in 2006 by defeating his now coach, Ivan Ljubicic. This marks the 26th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title for the Swiss Star.
After the match, Roger spoke about the importance of rest and his schedule moving forward into the clay court season, "When I'm healthy and feeling good, I can produce tennis like this. That's why taking a break and resting during the clay season and focusing on Roland Garros, the grass and the hard courts after that is best. I would be great to be No. 1 again, but it's a long way away."