Indian Wells champion Federer will take break to prepare for French Open
Apr 04 2017 by Marjorie Miles
Last month, Federer became the oldest player to win an ATP Masters 1000 title when he beat fellow Swiss star during the finals of the BNP Paribas Open final at Indian Wells.
Federer has had a stellar 2017, which began with his outstanding win at the Australian Open final where he beat Nadal to claim his 18th Grand Slam title.
Nadal, asked to pinpoint areas of Federer's game that have changed since the Swiss returned from a six-month injury layoff, could not be specific. "I probably won't play any clay-court events except the French".
"You'll probably see me at the French again", he said.
Federer said that he will in all probability skip the upcoming clay court season and may only feature in the French Open.
"I think it was a close match", Federer, who completed the Sunshine Double, after winning the title at Indian Wells as well, said.
"It was pretty close in Melbourne, Isner played well on the grass and his serve was unbreakable, but I think on the hard court it will be easier to break him, so we're definitely in a better spot there".
Nadal still leads their career head-to-head record at 23-14, but Federer now leads 10-9 on hardcourt.
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With Federer completing his third "Sunshine Double" of the Indian Wells and Miami titles, it is no wonder that that there is speculation as to whether he can add to his all-time record total of 302 weeks at the top of the world rankings, particularly as Murray and Djokovic, the top two in the list, have had their troubles this year and are now nursing elbow injuries which forced them to miss Miami. "It's totally about being healthy, enjoying the tournaments I'm playing and trying to win those".
Roger and Rafa's legendary rivalry has been rekindled since the start of the year, with the pair producing some spectacular tennis against each other - particularly in the Australian Open. Then of course I am looking very good for the [ATP] Finals, for the year-end championships, where I've been very successful. It was an intense first set-could have gone either way.
"My knee was odd on the clay past year so maybe being away from it as much as possible is a good thing, even though I don't think it was because of the clay as such". Federer said he arrived at Key Biscayne with low expectations, given his heavy workload of late, and felt exhausted in the final.
Rafael Nadal of Spain returns a shot against Roger Federer. "This is where it all started, in 2004, when you were a little boy that grew into a big man and strong man".
Rafael Nadal suffered his fourth straight loss to Roger Federer yesterday in the Miami Open final. "I'm sure you're going to tear me to pieces over there".
"It's disappointing that every time in my career I have stood here I get the smaller trophy", he said.
"I said to you after my lucky victory back then that you would win this title and I still believe you will one day win this title, you are too good to not win here". He will now take a break before returning for the French Open this summer.