Miami win propels Federer closer to Number 1 position !

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Miami win propels Federer closer to Number 1 position !

Federer said he's healthy and wants to stay that way after missing the final six months of 2016 because of a knee injury.

"I want to stay healthy and enjoy myself".

The 35-year-old Swiss, showing no sign of losing his edge, improved to 19-1 this year, winning the Australian Open in five sets over Nadal, and BNP Paribas Open in straight sets over fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka.

"That is why this break coming now in the clay court season and focusing everything now on the French, the grass and then the hard courts after that, is going to be the key for me".

"The match with Nick and Federer was possibly one of the greatest matches outside a grand slam that I've ever seen", Larkham explained, as quoted by the Canberra Times.

But the Swiss, an 18-time Grand Slam victor, has made a decision to pick and choose which events he will attend outside of this summer's French Open and Wimbledon.

"When I am not feeling this good there is no chance I will be in the finals competing with Rafa", the 18-time Grand Slam victor told ESPN on court after the win. This win has propelled Federer to 4th in the ATP rankings while the consolatory runner up position has pushed Nadal to the 5th position. The French Open I guess, to some extent, we will see what happens, no pressure there really. The French Open starts on May 28. But he plans to skip all of the clay tournaments leading to the French.

"Wimbledon has to be the biggest goal now", the world No. 4 told reporters after beating Nadal to secure his third hard-court title of the year.

"The body needs a break, the mind needs a break, the family needs me again, " he said.

"Part of the situation was that my knee was really unusual on the clay a year ago, 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.

"The second part of the season is the big priority".

"He's playing unbelievable tennis, he finds a way to continue to win these close matches and he's won a lot of close ones this year", he stressed.

"But my physio, my fitness guy, thought that could be also a good thing not to be too much on clay".

In the meanwhile, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray put themselves on the list of the players who won Masters title after turning 29, which was expected from the beginning knowing how good they were right from the teenage days, and it will be very interesting to see how far they can go in the years to come.

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