Nadal  paid the price for a marathon semifinal for the second time in his career. A year before, after winning a record-tying semifinal in Chennai against his older friend Moya, he had no chance in the final against Youzhny. In Madrid, Nadal survived the longest 3-set match in history, and facing Federer  he was deflated, nevertheless as a king of clay, he delivered good performance not playing his usual 100%. The Swiss obtained breaks at 4-all and 2-all in respective sets. Serving for the title at 5:4, there was 15/40 and Federer survived from the baseline the longest rally of the match (24 strokes). “I don’t think he’s going to take any damage away from this,” said Federer. “I’m sure he’s going to be rock solid in Paris again.” [It didn’t happen, Nadal lost the Soderling in the fourth round]. Nadal mentioned his semifinal: “Playing four hours was not a problem for today. Roger was much better than me and deserved to win.” Federer defeated Nadal only 2 times in 16 meetings on clay, it was the second time.
Federer’s route to his 58th title:
2 Robin Soderling 6-1, 7-5
3 James Blake 6-2, 6-4
Q Andy Roddick 7-5, 6-7(5), 6-1
S Juan M. Del Potro 6-3, 6-4
W Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-4
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