Roger Federer proved himself a man for all seasons, all courts and just about anything else the tennis world can throw at him by winning a title that Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal felt was unwinnable.
Federer battled through a close encounter Sunday to beat Tomas Berdych 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 in the final of the MutuaMadrid Open.
It was Federer's fourth title of the year and the first to be won on blue clay. The championship takes him back to No. 2 in the world, above Nadal. So much for those who felt the great man's slide was irreversible.
Much the same could be said for those who never expected to see Serena Williams winning titles again. The former world No. 1 crushed the current top-ranked player, Victoria Azarenka, 6-1, 6-3, with a typical display of power hitting from the back court. Williams then insisted that the idea she didn't like clay was a myth.
"I absolutely love clay," said Serena, who had won her previous tournament at Charleston, S.C., on green American clay. "I grew ...