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Federer beats Nadal in Madrid final

May 17, 2009 at 8:19 PM
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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.

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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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