Along with his fond reminiscing, the 18-time Grand Slam champion's tone also had a slight inflection of presumptuousness which seemed to have been brought about in the wake of his recent wins over Nadal. "I'll be ready on Sunday", said Federer. "I've played all the top four, a lot of the top guys, and his first two shots, it's so hard to do anything against".
"He's clearly got a big-time game; he has one of the best serves in the game", Federer said. Meanwhile, Nadal cruised to 3-3 having dropped just one point on serve, and would drop only five in this set, too. "I wasn't with them and had that match, so it was nice to get this one". Ultimately, I think I put in a good performance. It was in Madrid two years ago, took three tie-breakers, and Kyrgios faced down match points on his way to the 7-6 (12) final set. Not just as the best player of all-time, but as the best player right now, considering Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are both injured and not showing the most consistent of form when healthy.
On the Central track of Cayo Vizcaino, Nadal finally overcame Fabio Fognini, an uncomfortable opponent with which he does not get along, The Italian player, who came to beat Kei Nishikori in the quarter-finals, was not able to oppose his tennis against the powerful Nadal with his service in the first set.
The 35-year-old Swiss, who has already won the Australian Open and Indian Wells this year, extended his winning streak over Berdych to seven matches.
Back in 2004, a 17-year-old from Spain named Rafael Nadal announced his presence on the ATP World Tour by defeating world No. 1 Roger Federer in straight sets in the third round of the Masters event in Miami.
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Known as the Nasdaq-100 Open back then, the round-of-32 matchup saw the two youngsters - one of whom who was still in his teens - play each other for the first time in their careers.
In the tiebreak, Berdych hit a backhand victor into the corner to set up two match points, the first on serve, but netted a forehand to squander the first. "Make him feel that's how I actually also play the game". "We haven't played a set that hasn't gone 7-6, so, yeah, similarities".
Rafael Nadal, of Spain, hits a return to Fabio Fognini, of Italy, during their men's semifinal match at the Miami Open tennis tournament, Friday, March 31, in Key Biscayne, Fla.
"It felt very good", said the Swiss, who last won the Miami title in 2006. "When you don't convert opportunities you're in trouble, and that's what happened", he said.
"I fought and Tomas definitely started to step it up, but it was a great match at the end".
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