Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer met twice in a row in Miami in 2004 and 2005, with the astonishing Spaniard winning in the first set and building a huge lead in the second. So far, Rafael Nadal has made an appearance in 28 Grand Slam finals. He advanced to his first Masters 1000 final at Miami 2005 after beating David Ferrer, facing Federer to seek the first notable title of his career
The teenager built a 6-2, 7-6, 4-1 lead and placed just two games off his first Masters 1000 trophy at 18. Still, Federer turned things around and used his entire arsenal to prevail with 2- 6, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-1 in three hours and 43 minutes of a titanic and fierce battle.
Just as it happened in 2004, Nadal got off to a furious start and left the no. 1 far behind in the first game with a great performance on serve and return. But as the gave proceeded, the Spaniard won the second set in the tie break and looked good to seal the deal and celebrate a huge trophy.
Down and beaten, Federer fell 4-1 behind in the third set and struggled to keep up with the youngster, throwing his racket in anger and knocking on the starting door. The Swiss started off with a wonderful comeback in the second part of the third set, two points away from the loss in the tenth game and the tie break before taking it 7-5 for a big boost.
Rafael led 5-3 in the tie break and served, only to lose the next four points and experience a hit. Not much long, Federer began to the lead the game, this raised his bar on serve and return to take the fourth set 6-3 and he got a huge boost before the decider.
After wasting his chances, the young player had nothing else left in the tank in the fifth set and won just four games in sets four and five to propel Federer to his first “Sunshine Double”
Nadal has returned to hitting the practice courts
You will agree with me that it is a noble thing to return to court for better strategies and learning new things. Rafael Nadal recently spoke about the influence that the athletes in his own family – and their sporting values – have had on his career as a talented tennis player.
He said he was born into a family with many sport references and this has been a major inspiration to him in his journey as an athlete so far. He also said he derived joy in giving his best to anything he had made up his mind to do, this has dominated me and what I try is to improve every day.
” KIA launched a new electric crossover at the event, gifting the 20-time Grand Slam champion a personalized edition. “It is my first electric car and it becomes a little strange because you pick up speed and since it does not sound anything, you do not even realize it,” Nadal said.
Rafael Nadal has been out of competitive action since August this is due to a chronic foot injury which resurfaced at Roland Garros. The Spaniard missed both Wimbledon and the US Open before withdrawing from the rest of the 2021 season.