Federer beats Nadal in straight sets in Miami Open final
Roger Federer clinched his 91st career title when he beat rival Rafa Nadal 6-3 6-4 in the Miami Open final on Sunday.
Federer, peerless this year after returning from a six-month injury absence, broke once in each set for his fourth consecutive victory over Nadal, though the Spaniard still leads their career head-to-head record at 23-14, due entirely to his superiority on clay.
Federer, now a three-time Miami winner, leads 10-9 on hardcourt.
The 35-year-old Swiss, showing no sign of losing his edge, improved to 19-1 this year, winning the Australian Open in five sets over Nadal, and BNP Paribas Open in straight sets over fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka.
His only loss was at the hands of Russian Evgeny Donskoy in the second round in Dubai.
“What a start to the year. I can’t believe it. For me the dream continues,” said Federer, who still has a ways to go to match his career-best 35-1 start in 2005.
The result left Nadal a five-times Miami runner-up, after previous final defeats in 2005, 2008, 2011 and 2014. (Reuters)