Federer Masters Madrid

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Updated: May 14, 2012

Roger Federer extinguished an inspired effort from Tomas Berdych to capture his third Madrid Masters title and displace Rafael Nadal as the world No2.

The No3 seed turned around a poor first set performance to bounce back and overcome Berdych 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 in two hours and 37 minutes, to become the first winner on the blue clay of the Caja Magica in the Spanish capital.

Federer came into the event following a six-week rest and is looking in ominous form as the world’s top players prepare for the French Open starting in Paris later this month.

The 2009 Roland Garros champion had already won titles this year in Rotterdam, Dubai and Indian Wells and has only lost three times since falling to Djokovic in the US Open semifinals last September.

The win has put Federer joint on 20 Masters wins alongside rival Nadal.

Serena Williams crushed world No 1 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 6-1, 6-3 on Sunday to win the Madrid Masters and make a return to the No 6 ranking.

The American has now won back-to-back WTA clay titles after claiming Charleston in the US a month ago.