After a dominant couple of years in the “Sunshine Double”, Roger Federer was unable to defend his titles at Indian Wells and Miami in 2007, losing twice to Guillermo Cañas. Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic took over and lifted the first Masters 1000 trophies of the season and gathered momentum ahead of the clay tour. On April 1, the Serbian defeated the Argentine 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in two hours and 20 minutes, dominating each segment to control the score and claim the biggest title of his young career, two months earlier! turning 20! Novak repelled all five break opportunities, while Guillermo stayed away from those numbers, serving 54% and losing 42% of points in their games. He suffered four breaks out of seven chances a teenager was given and lost ground on the shortest and longest rallies, finishing second despite beating the world’s leading player. “It feels great to become the champion and the youngest winner here in Miami. That brings his name down in history, and I’m proud of that. Game six of the second set had 22 points, and it was the turning point; Overall, he played well in the decisive moments. Cañas is probably fitter than I am, and I did my best to seal the deal in straight sets. I can’t give Roger Federer any advice on how to beat Guillermo Cañas.”
Federer pushed himself to the limit
During a Uniqlo’s ambassadors meet, Roger Federer joined tennis wheelchair professionals Shingo Kunieda and Gordon Reid to discuss various aspects of the sport. Primarily, he revealed what will be the biggest challenge in the coming times. “I don’t see a revolution per se. I just think players are going to get fitter and stronger,” Federer said. “And because of that, they are able to keep their level of play for longer. For us, I think it’s going to be the key how you stay injury-free for a long period of time, which is going to be the challenge. But, I think with sport science and stuff like this, a lot of guys will find good ways. It’s interesting to see how many similarities we actually have (Tennis and wheelchair tennis),” the Swiss maestro concluded. Although the tennis mantle is yet to go to the next generation of players, it will be intriguing to see their growth in the next five years. As per Federer, fans are in for a high volume change in the competitive market.