Madrid Masters 2009
Roger Federer got a badly needed confidence boost in Madrid Masters 2009 ahead of the French Open, beating top-ranked Rafael Nadal, 6-4, 6-4, on Sunday to win the Madrid Open for his first title of the season.
The second-ranked Federer broke a sluggish Nadal once in both sets before firing his sixth ace to win his 15th Masters Series title on the second match point. Federer also won in Madrid in 2006 when the event was played indoors on a hardcourt.
“There are no positives; there is little to analyze,” Nadal, the 2005 champion, said. “He broke and broke, and I went home.”
It was Federer’s second victory on clay against Nadal, his top rival; the other was at the Hamburg final two years ago. Federer also ended a five-match losing streak to Nadal, a stretch that included losses in the finals at Roland Garros, Wimbledon and Australia.
Federer called this victory, his first against Nadal since the 2007 Masters Cup, “very satisfying,” especially after being left in tears after his loss to Nadal at Melbourne in February.
Continue reading the main story “I thought I took all the right decisions today,” Federer said. “In the end, it was a perfect game for me.”
Federer drew even with Nadal in Masters titles and also ended Nadal’s 33-match winning streak on clay. Nadal will be going for a fifth consecutive French Open title beginning May 25.
“I don’t think he’s going to take any damage away from this,” Federer said. “I’m sure he’s going to be rock solid in Paris again.”
Nadal’s loss was his fifth in his last 155 matches on clay.
Federer Def. Nadal 6-4 6-4
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