Federer rallies to win Madrid title

Associated Press  |  Last updated May 13, 2012

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 27: Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a forehand in his quarterfinal match against Nikolay Davydenko of Russia during day ten of the 2010 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 27, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Roger Federer battled back from a set down to beat Tomas Berdych 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 and win the Madrid Open for a third time on Sunday. While fellow top seeds Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal had blamed the new blue-clay court for their early exits, Federer had to rally against an opponent who had beaten him in three of their previous five meetings. Berdych hit 14 winners and made just two unforced errors in a dominant first set. However, Federer finally found his ground game and broke Berdych twice to even the score and force the decisive third set, where he secured victory after Berdych had saved three championship points. Serena Williams overpowered the top-ranked Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 6-3 to win the women's final.
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