Roger Federer Wins Madrid Open
Review of the Mens Tournament at the Madrid Open Tennis Tournament
Federer Wins In Madrid
Don’t count out Roger Federer to win the French Open this year.
Federer was able to outlast Thomas Berdych in the final of the Madrid Open by the score of 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 to win the event for the third time in his career.
Heading into the tournament, much was said about the changes made to the clay courts, which were turned from red to blue for the first time this year. Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal were among the loudest critics of the change, with Djokovic stating that “I haven’t heard a single player, not man or woman, saying they like blue clay.” A lot of what they had to say was due to the fact that the courts were a bit more slippery than in previous years, giving offensive players the advantage. For Nadal and Djokovic, two players who pride themselves on outlasting their opponents, the courts represented something that went against their styles of play. Regardless of whether or not any of the players agreed with having blue courts, all players had to play on them so it wasn’t as if anyone was having an advantage over the other.
It should come as no surprise then that both Nadal and Djokovic were ousted before reaching the finals, with Nadal losing to Fernando Verdasco in the third round after going up 5-2 in the final set and Djokovic losing to Janko Tipsarevic in the quarterfinals in straight sets. Roger Federer has been a master at adjusting his game throughout his entire career, and was able to do just that to get to the finals, defeating solid players in David Ferrer and Janko Tipsarevic on his way there.
In the final between Federer and Berdych, Berdych was able to use the offensive advantage that the blue courts provided to get to Federer in the first set for an easy win of 6-3. However, Thomas isn’t as nimble as Roger is, and Roger used that to his advantage over the next two sets to get by him for the victory. With the win, Roger Federer now moves past Nadal for second in the world rankings, and should not be left out of consideration for possibly winning the French Open in a few weeks time.