The legendary pair have once again defied the Nadal vs Federer Live Final as well as age and physical demands to emerge from one of the year’s strongest fields to battle it out for the title.Both men have enjoyed prolific seasons, returning to their very best with Federer claiming two titles already and Nadal, despite no trophy, having won more matches, 19, than anyone else on tour this year.
Players : Rafael Nadal vs Roger Federer
Event : Miami Open Tennis 2017
Date: 2nd April
Federer has beaten his Spanish foe on route to both his titles this year, the small matter of Grand Slam number 18 at the Nadal vs Federer Live Final and Masters title number 25 at Indian Wells just a couple of weeks ago.
Those two victories mean that Federer has won three successive meetings between the pair, amazingly a feat he has achieved for the first time in his career.Highlights of the semi-final between Nick Kyrgios and Roger Federer from the Miami Masters
On Sunday, in an encounter you can see live on Sky Sports 3 from 6pm, the pair will meet for a fourth time in Miami with Nadal leading 2-1 although their only final in Key Biscayne came in 2005 when Federer emerged victorious.
The pair met for the first at Crandon Park in 2004 when a teenage Nadal beat a 22-year-old Federer in straight sets.
The Swiss great is chasing a third Nadal vs Federer Live crown but hasn’t won the title since he claimed back-to-back titles in Florida with success in 2005 and 2006, while Nadal is a four-time runner-up at an event, which is one of the few he has not claimed.
Nadal famously leads the head to head, while he also has the upper hand when it comes to Masters titles but at the 1000 level they both trail Novak Djokovic’s total of 30.
A win for Nadal will take him to within one of the Serb but he has not won a Masters event away from the clay since Cincinnati in 2013 while Federer is chasing back-to-back Masters for the first time since 2014.
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Understandably, both men are enjoying their return to the top, with Federer back up to six in the world rankings and Nadal at seven – although a win would do wonders for both men’s hopes of climbing back into the top four.
Their routes to the final have taken a couple of turns, with Federer taken to deciding sets by Tomas Berdych and Nick Kyrgios in the last couple of matches and Nadal easing past Jack Sock and Fabio Fognini.
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Whether those exertions take Nadal vs Federer Live Stream Final their toll on 35-year-old Federer remain to be seen, and even if they do, the sight of his great rival at the other end of the court will be enough stave off the threat of tiredness.
“I feel like there is a mountain to climb in Rafa. He’s hasn’t won this event before. He’s definitely feeling fresher than I feel right now. But that’s not a problem. I’ll be ready on Sunday,” said Federer.
“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.Highlights of the semi-final between Rafael Nadal and Fabio Fognini from the Miami Masters
“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.”
With the world’s top two players sidelined through injury many expect the next generation to step up and make their mark, but it has been the old guard who have returned to the fore. Sunday’s final promises to be the next thrilling instalment.
A repeat of the Nadal vs Federer Live Final will have fans licking their lips, but it was Roger Federer’s semi-final win over Nick Kyrgios that may end up being remembered more fondly as the Swiss came through an epic battle 7-6 (11/9), 6-7 (11/9), 7-6 (7/5).
Federer, who chalks up his 18th victory of the year with just one loss, triumphed in three hours and 15 minutes and will now fight it out with Nadal for a third title of 2017 after shock wins in Melbourne and Indian Wells – coming after six months out last season.
His semi-final win was a match that had everything. The 35-year-old was his usual clinical, unflappable self, but Kyrgios went a long way to changing his bad boy reputation and will have picked up a whole host of new fans.
From acts of sportsmanship, where the Australian conceded a point after advising Federer to challenge, to a variety of second serves ranging from 126mph to 65mph, with plenty of his trademark ‘tweeners’ also thrown in, Kyrgios showcased the talent which has at times been overshadowed by his behaviour on-court.
Miami – Follow the Tennis match between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal live with Eurosport. The match starts at 01:00 on 3 April 2017. Our live coverage lets you follow all the key moments as they happen.