MADRID (Sporting Alert) — Serena Williams is slowly getting back to playing at her best and she delivered another solid performance to win Sunday’s Madrid Open final.


Roger Federer won the men’s title with victory over Tomas Berdych.

The women’s game saw American star overpowering top seed Victoria Azarenka in just 64 minutes to take the victory 6-1 6-3 and left a disappointed Azarenka frustrated.

The win now sees Williams, who looks to be recovering from the illness that forced her to took the 2011 campaign off – improving her head-to-head record against Azarenka to 7-1.

“I can still do better,” she said. “This is really good. I have been working hard.

“I had some tough battles and really unfortunate circumstances so I really love this.”

Although she was very frustrated by the way she performed on Sunday, Azarenka took the time to congratulate Williams on her win and her overall performance during the entire tournament.

“I want to congratulate Serena for a great week,” Azarenka said. “She did a great job.

Meanwhile, Federer won the Madrid Open for the third time by beating Berdych 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 – a win which saw him overtaking Rafael Nadal for the No. 2 ranking.

“It is amazing to win here again,” said Federer. “It has been a tough tournament. Tough to move, but you’ve got to try to make the most of it.

“Here there was some good tennis and some bad tennis, but you see that in all tournaments.”

Federer also won titles in 2006 and 2009.

The tournament saw top-ranked Novak Djokovic and Nadal both being eliminated early, as they blamed the new blue clay court for their performances.


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