Posted by Barrie on Sunday, 16 May 2010

Rafael Nadal Wins Madrid Masters

Rafael Nadal overcame his nemesis in the final of the Madrid Masters ATP 1000 event this evening. After a sluggish and high error prone start from both players, Rafael Nadal took the upper hand in the first set as Roger Federer failed to break back.

The world number 1 came out second best in this match despite producing more winners (34 to 27) than his Spanish counterpart. For Rafael Nadal, he was able to starve off most of Federer's break point opportunities in the opening set.

Both players were comfortable in reaching the final, despite both dropping sets in their semi finals. This was the dream finale as many tennis fans and writers like to call it. This was also the first time Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have met since the final here 12 months ago.

Rafael Nadal through away a 2-game lead in the second set, but took it into a tie break. Roger Federer had leads of 2-0 and 4-2 in the tie break, but it was the Spaniard who would fight back and take the tie break 7-5, and the match.

In winning Madrid for the second time, Rafael Nadal is the first player to win three consecutive ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events in one calendar year, having previously won in Rome and Monte Carlo. This is also a record-breaking 18th 1000 point event title on clay, one more than Andre Agassi. This is his 28th ATP title on clay.

Rafael Nadal will move up to world number 2 in the rankings tomorrow when they are released. Roger Federer remains at world number 1.

Rafael Nadal is odds-on favourite to win this year's French Open.
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In the women's final earlier today, Aravane Rezai defeated Venus Williams 6-2 7-5 for her first WTA tour title of the year. Our expert was 2/2 with his tennis betting tips today.

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At 20 May 2010 at 12:23 , Anonymous JoshT said...

Agree that Rafa remains the favourite for RG. However, with neither Rafa nor Fed playing their best tennis, there's definitely a chance for the rest of the field to cause an upset.

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