Zeenews Sports Bureau
Madrid: Roger Federer registered a thrilling 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 victory over Czech Tomas Berdych to win Madrid Open title. With this title the Swiss maestro equaled the record of Rafa Nadal to win 20 Masters titles.
The win also guarantees Federer reclaim his No. 2 spot from his Spanish rival.
"It feels amazing," Reuters quoted Federer as saying as he told spectators sweltering in the Madrid heat inside the Manolo Santana show court as his wife and twin daughters looked on.
"Look, it`s been a tough tournament and tough to move but you just go on with it and try to make the best out of it," added the 30-year-old.
"There was some good tennis and there was some bad tennis as well, you see that in all the tournaments, but I thought the level of play under the circumstances was very good."
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 semi finals last September.
"It`s obviously surprising to me to come back and win a title right away," Federer told a news conference, adding that he would take a decision on whether to play in Rome this week in a couple of days.
"I was worried about getting through the first one," said the Swiss, who had to come from a set down to beat fast-rising Canadian Milos Raonic in the second round.
"But it doesn`t take much to get my confidence back especially at this point having played so well for the last nine months."