Federer d. Berdych, 3-6 7-5 7-5
After a dramatic week, Fed defeated an in-form Berdych to win his record-equalling 20th Masters title (tied with Rafa, who’d own his 20th at Monte Carlo). He also becomes the only player in the Open era to have won at least 10 titles each on clay, grass and HCs (Madrid is Fed’s 10th clay court title).
Fed also moves up to no. 2 in the ranking. However, he is still considering whether or not to play Rome. Fed did have to call for a trainer during the Madrid final, taking pills for an injury concern in the hip area. Although it’s tough to say, he wasn’t playing as aggressively and seemed to be stretching out the area in between points.
Berdy played well, showing his aggressive play yet again. However, his serve was not on the level of his previous matches. It played an important role in his win over DelPo in the SF, yet it let him down in the final.
The Federer twins showed up to see Fed win and they were plainly adorable. You can see a clip of Fed celebrating his win with his family here.
Overall, the tournament has had its share of problems, but the tennis on-show has been high-quality. Perhaps it’s not what you’d expect of a clay surface, but nonetheless I liked watching the reward-aggression type of tennis. This is Fed’s 2nd Masters title this year. No one knows what this means in terms of the bigger picture, but he continues to have a great year.
Onwards to Rome now, which has already started!