Published On: Mon, Apr 1st, 2019

Roger Federer reveals what Miami Open win means for clay court season | Tennis | Sport

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Roger Federer cruised past an injured John Isner on Sunday to lift his fourth Miami Open title and now turns his attention to the clay season.

The 37-year-old shocked fans earlier this year when he announced that he would return to the French Open for the first time since 2015.

The eight-time Wimbledon champion has won two of his past three tournaments on the tour, and have given himself a confidence boost ahead of his return to clay.

“I think what this [Miami] win does for me, it just takes even more pressure off from the clay court season,” Federer said.

“I’m very excited. It’s a good challenge, good test.”

When Federer was asked to compare all four of his Miami Open triumphs, one stood out above the rest – his victory over Rafael Nadal in 2005.

“So the other three were – well, the one with Rafa, I guess, was very special in many ways,” Federer said.

“I felt like it reflected who I have become until that moment. Was that 2005? 2004? 2006? It’s a blur.

“You know, being able to fight back, being able to find a way to win, I know I got lucky in that match, but then ended up playing unbelievable tennis in the fifth set and all that.

“I really feel like it was a big moment for me in my life, in my career there, that match.”

Federer has prepared well for May’s Grand Slam showpiece in France, and admitted that he surprised himself with victory in Miami.

“This one just felt like also I didn’t expect it, to be honest,” he added.

“Because I knew the problems of the year I had last year.

“I went through a similar situation with, you know, losing in a very close finals in Indian Wells and coming here again and seeing what could happen.

“New venue, didn’t know what to expect there.

“I mean, almost losing against [Radu] Albot in the first round here.”

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