Former world no.1 and 17 time Grand Slam champion Federer had to dig deep against Tommy Haas as he came back from a set and a break down to eventually clinch the match 1-6 7-5 6-3.
The Swiss struggled against the on top form playing German at the beginning of the encounter. After losing the first set and trailing 4-2 in the second, time was running out for Roger. However, he once more managed to find his range, not only did he break Haas to level the set at 4-4, but rallied to take Tommy’s serve once more in the 12th game, forcing a decider.
Federer, despite not performing his best tennis, raised his game in set 3 against the frustrated German, improving their H2H to 12-3.
There was never really doubt about the outcome of this match. Although Dimitrov showed flashes of brilliance in the second set, Rafa dominated the decider with some immaculate shot making, dictating most of the rallies.
It is great to see Nadal back to his very best after his shock Wimbledon exit against Darcis.