Federer wins Madrid title with comeback win over Berdych

Madrid Open
By Rajesh Srinivasan, May 14th, 2012

Roger Federer equalled Rafael Nadal with a record 20th Masters title by winning Sunday’s final against Thomas Berdych. Federer came back after losing the first set to win 3-6, 7-5, 7-5. Federer now moves up to No.2 in the world replacing Rafael Nadal. It was his 74th Career title and third title at Madrid.

Roger Federer with Madrid Open 2012 Trophy

Roger Federer with Madrid Open 2012 Trophy

The first set saw Berdych play some fantastic tennis coming up with great forehand winners and brilliant returns to put Federer under pressure and broke in the second game to open up 2-0 lead with a spectacular backhand return winner. At 5-2, Berdych had 2 set points on Federer’s serve but two big serves enabled Federer to hold to 3-5. Berdych came up with some clutch winners and good serve to wrap up the first set.

The second set saw Berdych play one loose game early and dropped serve to go down 0-2. Federer served for the set at 5-3 but Berdych came up with some blistering winners to break serve. At 5-6, Berdych crumbled serving a double fault at set point.

In the third set, Federer was under a lot of pressure on serve as Berdych treated Federer’s second serve with disdain but couldn’t find the crucial break. Federer used all his experience to good effect and broke serve to lead 5-3. Berdych came back from 0-40 hole in the eighth game by serving three consecutive aces. But two double faults gave away the break to Federer. Serving for match at 5-3, Federer again was under the scanner and Berdych broke back levelling again at 5-5. Serving to stay in the match at 5-6, Berdych again battled back from 0-40 saving three match points but Federer won through on his fourth match point. The win took 2 hours and 38 minutes and Federer picked up his fourth title of the year.


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