Roger Federer Wins 20th Career Masters 1000 Title, Returns To No. 2 Ranking – Highlights/Interview [Video]
Congrats to Roger Federer and his fans. Today the Swiss tennis legend rallied to beat Tomas Berdych 36, 75, 75 in the final of the Mutua Madrid Open.
Berdych, who falls to 4-11 lifetime against Federer, played some inspired, big-hitting tennis on the controversial blue clay tennis courts but it wasn’t enough to beat Roger.
The win was Federer’s 74th of his career and tour-leading 4th of the year. It also gave him 20 career Masters 1000 titles which ties him with Rafael Nadal for the all-time lead and 10 crowns on clay.
Federer has now won 45 of his last 48 matches since the end of the US Open. He’s also won seven of the 10 tournaments he’s played and of course the win returns his to the No. 2 ranking leaping past Rafael Nadal who lost Thursday to Fernando Verdasco.
Federer is scheduled to play at the Foro Italico in Rome, however there are rumors he might withdraw and in the interview he in unsure if he will play.
“We’ll see how Rome goes now,” Federer said. “I’m going to travel there tomorrow and then see how my body pulls up and then decide if I’m going to play Wednesday or not.”
If you missed the match here are some video highlights and a word from Federer.
Federer: “It’s been a great spell and I couldn’t be more happy right now coming off a break winning right away. It’s always an ideal scenario for what’s to come.”
“It was tough. I was almost down the entire time. Finally I got the break in the third, and then he broke back. Things got tough again. I played great. It’s always special winning a title 7-5 in the third. The crowd was amazing so I’m very happy.”
On his daughters being there: “I knew they were here, up in the skybox somewhere during the match. At the end, they came down. It’s nice for me. I spend so much time with them. They always travel with me. This was special for me, and to some degree, very emotional.”
Berdych: “I would just say that it was a very close game. You sometimes need to make those small adjustments to win a match like this, but it wasn’t my case today.
“The week was great until the last day. Right now I am really upset and I am sad because of how I finished it. I lost the final but in a couple of hours I am going to see it in a more positive way. I had a great week; I beat a lot of great guys and made it to the finals.”
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