Originally written on Tennis Panorama  |  Last updated 11/13/14

Roger Federer won his third Madrid Open on Sunday after rallying past Tomas Berdych 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 on the new blue clay court. The victory raises the Swiss to No. 2 in the ATP World Tour rankings. Both Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal lost earlier in the tournament. The last time Federer was ranked No. 2 was the week of March 14, 2011. It also gives Federer his 20th Masters crown equaling Nadal for the most Masters titles.

”It is amazing to win here again,” said Federer, ”It has been a tough tournament. Tough to move, but you’ve got to try to make the most of it. Here there was some good tennis and some bad tennis, but you see that in all tournaments.’

”Tomas played very well. ‘I’m sure we will see each other many more times and they will be quality matches like this one.”

Berdych dominated the first set with 14 winners and making only two unforced errors. Federer evened the match in the second set by steadying his groundstrokes and breaking Berdych twice. In the third set, Federer broke to serve for the match at 5-3, only to be broken. Federer broke Berdych at 5-5 and closed out the two-an-a half-hour match on his serve.

For Federer it’s his first clay court championship since the 2009 French Open. The win is also one for the record books – Federer joins Jimmy Connors as the only men in the open era to win at least 10 titles on clay, grass and hard courts.

Federer is scheduled to play next week’s Masters tournament in Rome, but has not made a final decision to play yet.

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