Monday, May 14, 2012

Blue heaven for Serena Williams and Federer

Serena Williams and Roger Federer didn't let the changes in the court surface affect them. In fact, they took all the advantages they could. Queen and king of the blue clay, found themselves in a "blue heaven": Serena defeated the world nº 1 Victoria Azarenka and seems to be back in her game; Federer got one step up in the ranking, and is now number 2. Roland Garros is looking promising for both!

Photo credit: Mutua Madrid Open
Serena upset Vika in just over an hour, with 6-1, 6-3 results. The Mutua Madrid Open website enhances that the American brushed "aside players like Caroline Wozniacki and Maria Sharapova in the earlier rounds, and then sent the revelation of the tournament, Lucie Hradecka, out of the competition in the semis before going on to crush Azarenka in the final. No one could stop her."

Things weren't that easy to Federer, who faced a very competitive Thomas Berdych. The result 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 reveals how balanced the game was, but eventually the now nº2 player came out on top, despite the amazing start from Berdych.

Photo credit: Mutua Madrid Open
The Swiss now holds the record of Mutua Madrid Open titles (2006, 2010 and 2012). Federer said, in the press conference post-game, he "couldn't be happier". This victory had an extra bonus for Federer at  Nadal’s expense. The Swiss will leapfrog the Mallorcan in the ATP rankings and take the nº 2 spot.

Watch the highlights of the men's single final and the award ceremony, attended by Hollywood actor Will Smith.

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