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Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal in Miami Open then announces eight-week break

It's uncertain when Serena Williams will return from a knee injury that has sidelined her since she won her 23rd major title at the Australian Open two months ago.

Roger Federer seems to think so. Because when I am healthy and feeling good, I can produce tennis like this and when I am not feeling this good there is no chance I will be in the finals competing with Rafa.

"On the big points I was just maybe a little bit better", Federer said. "I think I was able to do that". Nadal fell to 0-5 in Key Biscayne finals, including in 2005 against Federer.

Murray himself has not issued an official update, but since Monday has been seen practising again on the clay courts at the All England Club.

He reached the semi-final in Monte Carlo, the final in Madrid, won the Italian Open and then reached the French Open final before going unbeaten at Queen's and Wimbledon.

Before Federer began his break, he put in a plug for idyllic Key Biscayne, a premier tournament site for 31 years. "The dynamics change and we will see what happens".

After all, he is not 24 anymore.

"I'm feeling motivated and I want to get out there more".

"Part of the situation was that my knee was really odd on the clay past year, so maybe being away from the clay as much as possible is a good thing as well, even though I don't think it was because of the clay as such", he said.

Federer's career has been a model of scheduling restraint. That ties for the worst by any player at any tournament in the open era. He has always taken breaks when he felt he needed them.


"This is very simple: if Roger Federer continues to play like that, he will be number one", Nadal said.

Federer leads the points race for a spot in the ATP World Tour Finals in London-by a significant margin.

Federer is having quite the 2017.

Federer, now a three-time Miami victor, leads 10-9 on hardcourt.

"He's playing good, no?"

Australia have high hopes of reaching the Davis Cup semi-finals when they play US in Brisbane this weekend.

Both players agreed the match was closer than the score and decided by a handful of points.

And as Federer bypasses the clay season, Nadal is looking forward to his favorite part of the schedule.

"I want to stay healthy", Federer said on ESPN. "I am at a very high level of tennis, and I believe I am ready to win titles".

Federer even hedged slightly in committing to Roland Garros, the Grand Slam least suited to his graceful game because of the grinding it demands. "That's why I'll take a break". "Then I can share that with everybody".

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