Federer Battles Back To Beat Nadal and Win In Miami 2005

Aaron KumarSenior Writer IFebruary 9, 2010

KEY BISCAYNE, FL - APRIL 03:  Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates winning the tie-break in the third set to force a fourth set during the men's final match against Rafael Nadal of Spain at the NASDAQ-100 Open at the Crandon Park Tennis Center on April 3, 2005 in Key Biscayne, Florida.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Roger Federer went into the Miami Masters 2005 tournament as a heavy favourite for the title, despite the fact he had never won it before, he lost in the final to Andre Agassi in 2002. Federer duly reached the final with the minimum of fuss where he would face the talented young Spaniard Rafael Nadal. Ironically Nadal had won the pairs only previous match which was also in Miami the year before in straight sets 6-4 6-4. Nadal raced into a 2 sets to love lead and appeared to be on course for a stunning victory against the world number 1. Federer managed to pull the 3rd set back by winning it on a tiebreaker, from that point onwards the Swiss maestro had the momentum as he won the 4th set to level the match at 2 sets all. The world number 1 sealed the match winning it 6-2 in the to clinch an epic triumph and seal his 1st title in Miami.


The latest in the sports world, emailed daily.