• Roger Federer after a victory in Miami. Image: AFP

A year ago, Roger Federer announced that he wouldn’t play tennis for six months because of his knee injury. Many fans of tennis and sport thought that it would be Federer’s end, but, fortunately, they were wrong.

On the first Sunday of April, in the final of the Miami Open, against his strongest adversary Rafael Nadal, Federer captured his career’s 26th Masters 1000 crown. He won with 6-3 and 6-4 in the hot South Florida sun. The Swiss athlete has now won 11 consecutive matches.

After the victory, Federer said: “I’m happy that nothing major happened throughout this period. It’s been a dream run on the court, off the court as well. My body has reacted very well and I couldn’t be happier, of course.”

It is his third victory against Nadal in 2017. Federer is focused on resting and not straining his body for now. He said that he will be taking a break before playing in the French tournament Roland Garros. We will see the king on the court only in May.

In David Foster Wallace’s words, who describes the king in the best way possible: “The metaphysical explanation is that Roger Federer is one of those rare, preternatural athletes who appear to be exempt, at least in part, from certain physical laws”.

Awful, average or astonishing? You decide: