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This week’s World Tennis News looks at victories for Roger Federer and Serena Williams on the blue clay courts at the Mutua Madrid Masters
Roger Federer fought past Tomas Berdych 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 to win his 74th career title and record equalling 20th Masters 1000 shield at the Mutua Madrid Masters.
A Federer victory looked unlikely early on as sixth seeded Berdych raced out of the blocks with some huge groundstrokes. A blistering backhand return winner gave the Czech a break of serve in the second game and he maintained the advantage to wrap up the opener after 36 minutes.
The Swiss No.3 seed responded by breaking for 2-0 in the second set with an inside out forehand winner. Federer built a 5-2 lead but missed a set point serving for the set in the ninth game and was Berdych broke back. A Federer forehand return winner at 6-5 created two further set points and Berdych double faulted as the match went into a decider.
Berdych put Federer under huge pressure with three break points early in the third set but the former World No.1 hung on. In a dramatic eighth game Berdych saved three consecutive break points with aces before double faulting twice to concede serve.
However the Swiss could not close out the match at 5-4 as Berdych broke back with a backhand return onto the line. Two games later with the Czech serving at 5-6 Federer setup three match points. Berdych saved the first two but netted a short forehand on the third to seal a hard fought victory for Federer after two hours and 38 minutes.
His fourth title of 2012 ensures Federer reclaims the World No.2 ranking for the first time in fourteen months. The 30 year-old is the first man to claim the title in Madrid three times having also won in 2006 and 2009.
Federer has won three of the last five ATP Masters 1000 titles. Read about Federer's win in Indian Wells.
Stat Attack – Federer
Stat Attack – Berdych
Serena Williams produced a superb display of power tennis to comfortably defeat World No.1 Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 6-3 and lift her first title at the Mutua Madrid Masters.
The 30 year-old American roared into a 4-0 lead in the opening set with two breaks of the Azarenka serve. The Belarusian had a chance to get one of the breaks back in the sixth game but missed a forehand. Serving at 1-5 a fourth double fault handed Williams the opening set after 27 minutes.
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The ninth seeded former World No.1 did not let up in the second set with a winning forehand return giving her a 2-0 lead. Azarenka raised her level to hold serve three times and stay in contention.
Serving for the match at 5-3 Williams created three championship points and a 14th ace sealed her 41st career title after 64 minutes.
Williams is now riding a 13 match clay court winning streak. Read about Serena's victory in Charleston.
Stat Attack – Williams
Stat Attack – Azarenka
Owing to rain delays in Rome, the next segment of World Tennis News will be available from Tuesday the 22nd of May.
4 – Federer
No.1 (13) Murray (Brisbane), Ferrer (Auckland, Buenos Aires, Acapulco), Djokovic (Australian Open, Miami), Berdych (Montpellier), Monaco (Vina del Mar), Federer (Rotterdam), Almagro (Sao Paulo), Nadal (Barcelona), Simon (Bucharest), Del Potro (Estoril) No.2 (3) Federer (Dubai), Nadal (Monte Carlo), Seppi (Belgrade)No.3 (6) Tsonga (Doha), Youzhny (Zagreb), Raonic (San Jose), Federer (Indian Wells, Madrid), Andujar (Casablanca)No.4 (4) Raonic (Chennai), Del Potro (Marseille), Monaco (Houston), Kohlschreiber (Munich)No.7 (1) Anderson (Delray Beach)Unseeded (1) Melzer (Memphis)Qualifier (1) Nieminen (Sydney)
77 - Nieminen (Sydney)
21 – Del Potro (Estoril)
64 – Melzer (Memphis)
16 – Federer (Won Rotterdam, Won Dubai, Won Indian Wells, 3rd round Miami)
31 (7 losses) – Del Potro
57 – Isner bt Nalbandian 4-6, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6(5), 10-8 (Australian Open, 2nd round)
12 games - 6-0, 6-0 on one occasion
3 – Anderson bt Roddick 2-6, 7-6(9), 6-4 (Delray Beach QF – 3mp 2nd set tie-break)
Raonic (Chennai) 21yrs and 13 days
Federer (Madrid) 30 years, 9 months & 5 days
418 – Raonic
4 – Azarenka
No.1 (3) Azarenka (Doha, Indian Wells), Errani (Budapest)No.2 (3) Kerber (Copenhagen), Sharapova (Stuttgart)No.3 (4) Azarenka (Sydney, Australian Open ), Hantuchova (Pattaya City), Errani (Acapulco)No.5 (3) Radwanska (Dubai, Miami), S.Williams (Charleston)No.6 (1) Kanepi (Estoril)No.7 (1) Errani (Barcelona)No.9 (2) Kerber (Paris), S.Williams (Madrid)Unseeded (2) Kanepi (Brisbane), Zheng (Auckland)Unseeded (3) Arruabarrena-Vecino (Bogotá), Arvidsson (Memphis), Babos (Monterray)Qualifier (3) Barthel (Hobart), Hsieh (Kuala Lumpar), Bertens (Fés)
174 – Arruabarrena-Vecino (Bogata)
15 – S.Williams (Charleston)
61 – Bertens (Fés) *inc qualifying
26 – Azarenka (Won Sydney, Won Australian Open, Won Doha, Won Indian Wells, QF Miami)
34 (3 losses) – Azarenka
38 – Martic bt Jankovic 6-7(5), 7-5, 7-6(5) (Kuala Lumpar, SF)38 – Sharapova bt Stosur 6-7(5), 7-6(5), 7-5(Stuttgart, QF)
12 games - 6-0, 6-0 on five occasions
2 – Kerber bt Barthel 6-2, 0-6, 7-5 (Copenhagen QF – 2mp 4-5 3rd set)2 – Kanepi bt Suarez Navarro 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-4(Estoril F, 2mp 4-6 2nd set tie-break) 1 – Sharapova bt Stosur 6-7(5), 7-6(5), 7-5(Stuttgart QF – 1mp 3-5 2nd set)
Arruabarrena-Vecino (Bogata) 19 yrs, 10 months & 30 days
S.Williams (Madrid) 30 yrs, 7 months & 17 days
163 – S.Williams
Statistics sourced with the help of the ATP and WTA.