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Federer beats Nadal in Madrid final

May 17, 2009 at 8:19 PM   |   Comments

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MADRID, May 17 (UPI) -- Roger Federer beat Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-4 Sunday in the title match of the Madrid Open, ending the Spaniard's 33-match win streak on clay courts.

It was the Swiss star's 58th career title but first this season and first against Nadal since the 2007 Tennis Masters Cup semifinals.

Nadal was seeded No. 1 and Federer No. 2 in the event.

"It's not the moment to get carried away, but it is definitely good for my confidence, especially beating Rafa in the final so it definitely proves that I am doing the right things and I am working extremely hard and it is paying off," Federer said.

In the clinching set, Federer trailed 15-40, but rallied to deuce and launched an ace down the middle on his second championship point to down the clearly fatigued Nadal.

Nadal, the world's top-ranked player needed to save three match points in his three-set marathon win over third-seeded Novak Djokovic in Saturday's semifinal.

"It doesn't help to play four hours yesterday," Nadal told Examiner.com. "(But) he (Federer) was simply better than me."

Nadal has a 13-7 lifetime record against Federer.

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