ROGER FEDERER NEWS
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."
March 31, 2017 -- Miami, Florida
Roger fought off ATP Next Gen player, Nick Kyrgios, to reach the finals of the Miami Open in a grueling 3 hour match.
In a close fought match, Roger found his way on top of the Australian in the 6-7 (9), 7-6 (9), 7-6 (5) match on Friday evening. The previous meeting between the two resulted in a similar score, but in Kyrgios' favor. They have now played each other twice, with both meetings going 3 sets and each set being decided by a tiebreak. The level of play was high as the packed crowd was treated to an all out battle. Roger had two match points in the second set tiebreak but Kyrgios held on to force it to a deciding set.
Roger will face long time rival, Rafael Nadal, in the finals. This will be the 3rd time the two face off in 2017, with Roger having won the past two meetings at the Australian Open and Indian Wells. “It's definitely going to be very special playing Rafa here again. I'm thrilled for him that he came back as well as he did after the comeback and the struggles that he had last year. It feels like old times. We're playing each other every week now. We can't get enough of each other. Hopefully it's not our last match."
Miami is where the rivalry between the two greats began. In 2004, Roger (then 22) faced a 17-year old Nadal for the first time. While Rafa took that first match in 2004, he has never won a title in Miami.
The two face off in Miami on Sunday, April 2.
Benefiting the Roger Federer Foundation, Andy Murray will join our Swiss Star in Zurich on April 10th for Match for Africa 3.
"I am extremely happy that Andy – one of the best tennis players in the world – immediately agreed to come to Zurich to help raise money for my foundation. However, I'm even happier that I'll finally get to play in front of my fans again next spring," said Roger.
All of the proceeds from this event will go to the Roger Federer Foundation. If you don't have tickets to the event, you can still support his charity by purchasing the Match for Africa 3 official apparel here (if you are in the US) and here (if you are in Europe). The RF Foundation provides funding to children living in poverty to help them realize their potential. It also supports education projects in seven countries in southern Africa as well as Switzerland. The foundation's programs currently support 275,000 children.
March 30, 2017 -- Miami, Florida
For the first time all tournament, Roger was pushed to 3-sets today in his Quarterfinal match up against Tomas Berdych. Fighting off two match points in a 3rd set tiebreaker, the Czech was playing fearless. Roger held on strong and weathered the storm winning the match 6-2, 3-6. 7-6 (6).
The Swiss star hadn't won a 3rd set in Miami since 2009. He also has won 7 straight tie-breakers since Indian Wells.
Next up for Roger will be one of the Next Gen players either Alexander Zverev or Nick Kyrgios.
March 28, 2017 -- Miami, Florida
Roger closed out his round of 16 match by winning two tiebreakers today against Roberto Bautista Agut at the Miami Open 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4).
The Spanish player gave Roger the biggest challenge he's seen in his past few matches, but stayed calm and collected to finish the set in style.
Roger will play Tomas Berdych in the Quarterfinals. They last met in the Round of 32 at the Australian Open where Roger took the match in straight sets.