Nadal beats Federer to reclaim Madrid Masters title

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles

Rafael Nadal ready for US Open challenge

Rafael Nadal overcame fierce rival Roger Federer in straight sets to snatch back the Madrid Masters crown a week before Roland Garros gets underway.

The latest duel between the pair had been eagerly anticipated with Nadal having mounted a resurgent run in the ATP events following an injury-plagued 12 months.

The match was an enthralling affair in it’s own right but the quality of tennis failed to reach the high standards set by both players in their previous meetings.

Nevertheless Nadal enacted revenge on Federer as he produced a determined display to deny Federer back to back wins in the Spanish capital, claiming victory in just over two hours winning 6-4 7-6.

Buoyed on by a partisan crowd Nadal signalled his return to the peak of his game. After breaking Federer’s serve in the first set both players held on in the second to force the set into a tense tie-break.

But the world number one failed to force the game into a deciding set and Nadal claimed his 18th ATP Masters crown. The Swiss star has still not won a tournament since his Australian Open triumph earlier this year.

Meanwhile Nadal has been in impressive from on his favoured surface this season. The Spaniard thrashed Fernando Verdasco at the Monte-Carlo Masters and fellow compatriot David Ferrer at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia.


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