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14.05.2012 | Tennis, Starseite 2

Roger Federer Wins Madrid Open, Beats Tomas Berdych In Final (Huffington Post)

Roger Federer rallied to beat Tomas Berdych 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 and win the Madrid Open for a third time on Sunday. While Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal had blamed the new blue-clay court for their early exits, Federer's biggest obstacle was to overcome an opponent who had beaten him in three of their previous five meetings. "It is amazing to win here again," said Federer, who will overtake Nadal as the second-ranked player behind Djokovic. "It has been a tough tournament. Tough to move, but you've got to try to make the most of it. Here there was some good tennis and some bad tennis, but you see that in all tournaments."

Roger Federer shuts out surface noise to triumph in Madrid‎ (The Australian)

Federer defeated Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 and there was a smile at last on the gnarled features of Ion Tiriac, the tournament promoter, who has had to withstand the brickbats from the world's best and continue to jut out his famed goateed chin. If a 30-year-old Federer can win on his controversial surface, why bother too much about the rest? In truth, Federer might have lost in his first match in the event to Milos Raonic, of Canada, and there were moments in the final overnight (AEST) that suggested Berdych had it within his enormous powers to win his first outdoor Masters title.

Roger Federer aims to reclaim world No1 spot after win in Madrid Open (The Guardian)

Success in one of the upcoming grand slams could catapult him above Novak Djokovic to world No1 – a position he last held in May 2010 – and he would then equal and almost certainly break Pete Sampras's record of 286 weeks at the top. A buoyant Federer said: "Back then I was just trying to stay world No1 and I never really looked at Pete's record that much. I guess I could have chased it a few years ago, just really trying to beat that record. It's no secret for any player out there that you'd rather be No1 than No2. But I look at the long term, maybe if I wasn't good enough to break that record, then maybe I never will be."

Roger Federer rallies to win Madrid (ESPN)

"It was a tough tournament and a brutal draw. Tomas played very well," Federer said. "I'm sure we will see each other many more times and they will be quality matches like this one."

Federer Vaults Past Nadal Into World No.2 (New York Times)

Roger Federer won the Madrid Open on Sunday against Tomas Berdych, showing that at least one tennis superstar could come to terms with the controversial blue clay used for the first time in this tournament. Federer also claimed his third title in Madrid, as well as moving level with Nadal with a record 20 victories in Masters tournaments. Federer came to Madrid after a five-week Caribbean holiday and came within two points of losing his opening match against Milos Raonic, a powerful Canadian. After that, however, the Swiss champion went from strength to strength, outpacing David Ferrer and Janko Tipsarevic on his way to the final.

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05/14/2012 | 11:58 PM
1-Congratulations my wonderful champion this is so great you can do it all everywhere! You are the 1st to win on this surface! Nothing can stop you!

Roger in my heart you are beauty and love. You mean the world to me. With all respect as always of course.

You are a beautiful young boy. I see it in your eyes your soul is pure and full of kindness.
05/14/2012 | 11:57 PM
2-You grew up so fast, it's like you are hanging out with older friends. I look at you and you are so young and then you see that you have children and all of that. I find it so strange.

You are young and sweet you project peace. You are eternal you have no age, only when it matters.

You shall in my eyes ever live young.

05/14/2012 | 11:28 PM
Thank you Roger for winning Madrid open. It was the best gift I got for my birthday. Last year, on May 13 I was very disappointed with your lost from Gasquet in Rome. But this year it was really a great birthday, looking at you again on the top and looking very forward to seeing you in Rome! I wish you a great tournament here.
05/14/2012 | 09:38 PM
there is only one true champion in the world.....and dat is ROGER FEDERER.congrats for the victory....more victories are waiting for u......UR THE BEST....GO GET ROME AND THEN THE FRENCH....I KNOW U WILL....
I LOVE U .......
05/14/2012 | 07:36 PM
You played awesome tennis Roger and moved beautifully as ever.

Well done I'm so happy....roll on Rome and RG!!

Congrats on the rise up to 2!

Love you...xo
05/14/2012 | 06:16 PM
Congratulations again, maestro!! So proud and happy!!
Take care!! God bless!
05/14/2012 | 05:14 PM
After yesterdays epic win, I am even more sure that you are going to win a Slam and the Olympics!

Excited to see you on the courts again!
05/14/2012 | 05:10 PM
Well done Roger, that was a fantastic week in madrid. i thought Roger played fantastic tennis until the final, it was a great week and as a Roger Federer fan i enjoyed the tennis u played, it was top quality, regardless of what colour the surface was. My question is, if Rafa & Djokovic are so great then why wern't they in the final?? STOP blaming the BLUE surface. A great Champion should be able to adapt and play in ANY surface, Roger has been doing it again and again, need I say anymore?
05/14/2012 | 04:36 PM
Oh, by the way, Djokovic runs faster as a "hunter" than as a "hunted". Roger paced his speed well and outsmart his opponents. "Consistency" is the word for Roger Federer in the past 8 years.
05/14/2012 | 04:32 PM
I can't wait to see you reclaim the #1 spot. I believe Andre was the last 30+ #1. I hope you will break Andre's age record and Pete's record to be the #1 with most weeks. You performed brilliantly on the slippery surface, which was not your best surface. Well, as Billie Jean said, "Champions adjust." You are a true champion!
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