Madrid – final

(3)Roger Federer d. (6)Tomas Berdych
3-6, 7-5, 7-5                                                        [ 2:38 ]
Federer as usual began the match with an offensive attitude, but Berdych withstood the pressure being extremely focused, he won the opening service game from a 15/30 deficit, and broke in the following game to ’30’. His flat ground-strokes worked perfectly, he even had a double set point to win the 1st set 6-2, but Federer saved those balls with strong serves. Another two sets had very similar process, Federer was serving in both to win 6-3, but needed 12 games to clinch each of them. In the last game of the match Berdych fought off three consecutive match points with powerful strokes and was just two points away from the tie-break, which works for him exceptionally well lately, however, he sent a forehand long, then netted another one after Federer’s trademark shot – short backhand slice. The Swiss claimed 74th title and yet again ties Nadal’s record of ‘Masters 1000’ crowns – it’s the 20th, third one in Madrid (each time in a different surrounding, in three-year intervals: indoor ’06; red clay ’09; blue clay ’12). “It’s been a great spell and I couldn’t be more happy right now coming off a break winning right away,” said Federer “It’s always an ideal scenario for what’s to come.” The runner-up assessed: “I would just say that it was a very close game. You sometimes need to make those small adjustments to win a match like this, but it wasn’t my case today.” The Czech has now played finals of big tournaments on every surface (carpet, hard outdoor, grass & clay).

 Doubles final:
(4)M.Fyrstenberg/M.Matkowski d. R.Lindstedt/H.Tecau 6-3, 6-4

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