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Miami Open: Roger Federer beats longtime nemesis Rafael Nadal in straight sets to clinch title

Miami Open: Roger Federer beats longtime nemesis Rafael Nadal in straight sets to clinch title

Rafael Nadal has now lost his all three matches against Roger Federer this year, including the epic Australian Open final.

Indian Wells Masters: I played unbelievably well against Rafael Nadal, says Roger Federer

Indian Wells Masters: I played unbelievably well against Rafael Nadal, says Roger Federer

The Swiss maestro defeated Nadal 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 at Rod Laver Arena in the final match that lasted for more than two-and-a-half hours to win his fifth Australian Open crown.

Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal – Fans dig deep into their pockets to watch epic final between two greats

Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal – Fans dig deep into their pockets to watch epic final between two greats

While fans across the world tuned to their TV sets to watch the high-voltage encounter, those who could afford to watch it live were ready to shell out huge sums of money for a life-time experience.

Australian Open: Roger Federer dismisses 'legal cheating' claims against Rafael Nadal in final

Australian Open: Roger Federer dismisses 'legal cheating' claims against Rafael Nadal in final

Federer, who last won a Grand Slam in 2012 (Wimbledon), defeated Nadal 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in a contest that lasted for 3 hours and 38 minutes.

Federer vs Nadal: Didn't want the Australian Open men's final to end, says Sachin Tendulkar

Federer vs Nadal: Didn't want the Australian Open men's final to end, says Sachin Tendulkar

Federer, the 17th seed, hit 73 winners, including 20 aces, and won 76 per cent of his first service points for victory in three hours and 37 minutes.

Aus Open: After winning 18th Grand Slam, Roger Federer drops hints that the end of his career may be near

Aus Open: After winning 18th Grand Slam, Roger Federer drops hints that the end of his career may be near

It was a redemptive win in the Australian Open men's final for Federer, as the Swiss has struggled against Nadal, losing four straight major finals to the fearsome left-hander since his Wimbledon victory in 2007.