World no. 3 Roger Federer won over Tomas Berdych of Argentina 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 in the Madrid Open.
The Swiss matched Rafael Nadal’s record of 20 Masters titles when he fought back from a set down to beat the Argentinian in the final round.
With the win, Federer now replaces Rafael Nadal as world number two. He secured his fourth title of the season with a gritty display on the blue clay.
Berdych had beaten Federer twice this year, but the Swiss got his own back on Madrid’s controversial blue courts .
The sixth seed Berdych made the stronger start and a break of the Federer serve in the second game was enough to settle an otherwise desperately tight first set.
It’s the 11th time Federer has beaten Berdych, the world number six.
Berdych broke his opponent in the second game and went on to win a close first set.
Federer came back in the second set to level the match.
The Czech produced a couple of double faults as Federer took a 5-3 lead in the third.
The 16 times grand slam champion let Berdych back in but at 6-5 he converted his fourth match point to claim the title.