Sunday, April 2, 2017

Fedal XXXVII Preview – Miami Final

Whenever there is a match between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, GOAT debate starts making headlines and it is no different this time when they meet for the 37th time for Miami title on Sunday. Rivalry started back in 2004 in the very same venue when 37th ranked teenager from Mallorca defeated the then no 1 player in straight sets to announce his arrival in the biggest stage. Since then rivalry has just gone bigger and better with each meeting.  Tennis being a tough sports and to remain at the top of the game for such a long time is itself an incredible achievement. Nadal played his 1000th ATP match against Philipp Kohlschreiber which did not start the way his fans would have wanted. He was fed bagel in the opening set and then fought his way back to win the match like he always does. This is the only set he lost so far in the tournament so he must be feeling good before coming to the final. But for Roger it wasn’t an easy road to reach yet another Miami final as he had to save couple of match points against Tomas Berdych and then was pushed to limit against flashy Australian Nick Krygios in three sets tie break battle which lasted for 3 hours. 

Nothing gives us more joy than watching Nadal Federer Final. Nadal will do everything possible to win the title here to add one of the few master trophies which is missing in his shelf, other being WTF and BNP Paribas Paris title. Nadal holds 23-13 in head to head count but he has been in receiving end in last 3 meetings so that may start playing in his head. If he passes through this hurdle, he will feel home as clay season is starting after this tournament. 

All the best Rafa!!:)

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