The sunshine double has come to an end.
Dominic Thiem and Bianca Andreescu were champions in the desert and now in it’s new home at the Hard Rock Stadium it was another new name with Ash Barty taking the title as well as a fella who has a few to his name Roger Federer.
For Ash this is her biggest title to date. I was lucky enough to see Ash live in Melbourne as she took on Maria Sakkari and I am pleased but also slightly surprised by what she has done in Miami. Wins against Bertens, Kvitova, Kontaveit and of course Pliskova in the finals secured her biggest title to date with her wide variety of tennis skills and now her top 10 debut.
101 for Roger.
4 titles now in Miami and his 28th Masters 1000. I don’t think at a point during the tournament it looked in doubt.
Once he orchestrated his way past Albot in his first match it was pretty much plain sailing.
He lost his first set of the tournament to Albot and then won 12 sets of tennis in a row to pick up his second title of the year and to finish the sunshine double as runner up at Indian Wells and winner in Miami is a good boost.
The court speed suits him perfectly. It was quite slow and it was tough for player to create much pace without going full throttle and Federer was able to bide his time and then pick it off and when players did go for it Roger’s movement around the back of the court was too good and too quick.