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Top 5 encounters between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal 

Rajdeep Singh
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#4 NASDAQ-1OO Open final, Miami, 2005

Federer celebrates after defeating Nadal
Federer celebrates after defeating Nadal

This was just the second encounter between the two players. Nadal had defeated Federer just a year ago at the same venue in straight sets.

He came extremely close to doing so once again when he was two sets up and 5-3 up in the tie-break as well. However, Federer came back to win four straight points and win the set.

There was no turning back from there as he went on to win the next two sets with ease, playing some ruthless attacking tennis. The fifth set was extremely one-sided as Federer dominated Nadal and won 6-1.

This was the first time that Federer had won the Sunshine Double in his career, i.e winning Indian Wells and Miami back-to-back. Most recently, he achieved that feat last year as well, defeating Nadal at Miami once again.

Result: Federer d. Nadal 2-6 6-7(4), 7-6(5), 6-3, 6-1



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