The 4th seed, Roger Federer needed 3 hours and 10 minutes of pulsating tennis to reach the Miami Open Final, when he defeated the 12th seed, Nick Kyrgios of Australia 7-6(11) 6-7(11) 7-6(7) in front of a packed crowd at Crandon Park on Friday evening.
Federer, the crowd favourite, was made to sweat it out by the Aussie, who despite a combination of sheer brilliance and added frustration from the very partisan crowd, pushed the former World No. 1 until the very last point.
There are times when one forgets that Federer is now 35 years old, as he matched the pace of his 21 year old opponent point for point.
Federer not only continued his dominance at the net, but was masterful with his returns, and summing up of his opponent’s play.
An understandably frustrated Kyrgios may need a few days to let the positives of this match sink in. He is an extremely talented and colourful character on the court and with the right guidance, can be a future No. 1 player and Grand Slam winner.
Federer will again do battle against his old rival, Rafael Nadal today. The 5th seed Nadal, saw off Fabio Fognini 6-1 7-5 in the other semi-final.
Federer won the Miami Open title in 2005 and 2006. Nadal is yet to win this title.