On April 3 like today, but 16 years ago, Roger Federer beat Rafael Nadal 2-6 6-7 (4) 7-6 (5) 6-3 6-1 for the final of the 2005 Miami Masters 1000 and in this way he was left with the first of the four titles there that he has in his record. That match was the second time the Swiss and the Spanish met, before it became one of the greatest rivalries in tennis history. The rivalry between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal is seen by many as the greatest in tennis history, although that between the Spanish and Novak Djokovic has grown a lot in recent years. Roger and Rafa played 9 Grand Slam finals against each other, the most repeated Major final in the history of the Open Era (from 1968 to date). It should be noted that Nole also defined a Major in 9 opportunities with Nadal as a rival. The 2005 Miami Masters 1000 final was the second time Federer and Nadal have met professionally on the track. The first was also in that tournament, a year ago and for the third round, and the Manacor native took the victory with a double 6-3. But to what happens to us, the fact of going back two sets to Rafa is not a small thing, something that we will see later. Despite starting 2-6 6-7 (4) down, Federer won 7-6 (5) the third, 6-3 the fourth and 6-1 the fifth to claim the first of 4 Masters 1000 titles in Miami It was a preview of what would be a spectacular duel, which to date has been repeated 40 times, with 24 victories for Nadal and the remaining 16 for Federer. The tennis world has been entertained by the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic for years. These three legends have carried the burden of the sport for over a decade. Besides the big three, even British tennis star Andy Murray has contributed towards the sport to a great extent. Recently, tournament director, James Blake, spoke about the nonappearance of the big three and felt that it was a great opportunity for the next generation of players to make the most of the situation.
James Blake on the future of tennis
James Blake noted the fact that Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal have been at the top for so long. He vouched for younger talents like Jannik Sinner and Sebastian Korda, who have been making headlines at the Miami Open 2021. The 41-year-old former American player said, “To see who’s going to step up and who’s going to make their mark. We’ve got some really young players like Sinner and Korda, that’s exciting and who’s going to be the one to take over that mantle that Roger and Rafa and Novak have held for so long.”