Putting aside all the claims about the end of his dominance in the world of professional tennis, the legend of Roger Federer continues to grow as a player in the year 2017, which is turning out to be remarkable for him. After clinching his record 18th major this year in January at Melbourne Park, the Swiss maestro once again got the better of his old time rival Rafael Nadal in Miami.
The 35-year old registered a straight sets victory 6-3, 6-4 over the Spaniard on Sunday to complete his third ‘Sunshine Double’ after 2006. Earlier, Federer has won titles at Indian Wells and Miami Open in 2005 and 2006 consecutively.
With this incredible victory, Federer added a 26th title in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 legacy. The Swiss is third in the list of ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title leaders headed by former World Number One Novak Djokovic (30) and Rafael Nadal (28) at second.
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Since making a comeback after a six-month injury lay-off, Federer has made rapid progress in the ATP rankings and has taken huge strides. He has moved into the top 4 in the rankings after securing wins in the Australian Open, Indian Wells and Miami Open. But, the former World Number One has decided that he would skip some clay court tournaments ahead of the second slam of the year (French Open) including the Masters series events in Monte Carlo, Madrid and Rome.
“I’m not 24 anymore so things have changed in a big way and I probably won’t play any clay court event except the French. That is what it is going to look like, I need rest, my body needs healing, I need time as well to prepare, you will probably see me at the French again,” Federer quoted by AFP.
Roger believes the concerns related to his knee injury kept him out of action from the second-half of 2016. He added, “Part of the situation was that my knee was really strange on clay last year, so maybe being away from the clay as much as possible is a good thing as well, even though I don’t think it was because of the clay as such.
“But my physio, my fitness guy, thought that could be also a good thing not to be too much on clay. I feel very comfortable, very confident it is the right decision.
Eighth title at All England Club?
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The biggest event in clay-court history is Roland Garros which is scheduled to start from 29th May (1st round). Despite that, the 18-time Grand Slam winner is more keen to add another title to his resume on the grass courts of London. With current form, Federer will be the favourite to add another prestigious title to his kitty which already boasts off seven Wimbledon trophies.
“I will probably stay on hard courts… and get on clay two weeks before the French, that’s the plan for now and hopefully I will play the French and we will see how the build-up is going to go and for me that’s essentially when the season really starts.”
“Wimbledon has to be the biggest goal now, in the near future, the American hard courts, I guess, as well. The French Open to some extent, we will see what happens, no pressure there really. But all of the grass is important to me,” he concluded.