WATCH: Flairy Roger Federer shot at the 2010 Madrid Open

Ryan Jarvis
Roger Federer takes the applause

The Madrid Open has seen some wonderous efforts over the years, with many players showing off their high skill level. One such player to do so was Roger Federer.

Federer is one of the greatest players of all time, and he proved it repeatedly, both with his excelling performance on the court and the countless trophies he has won.

In 2010 Federer went into the Madrid Open as the defending champion, having defeated Rafael Nadal in the previous final with a confident 6-4,6-4 win.

The Swiss star took on Ernests Gulbis in the quarter-finals of the Madrid Open. The pair squared off for an exciting one hour and 53 minutes before Federer grabbed the 3-6,6-1,6-4 over his Latvian opponent.

Both stars produced some incredible effort, but Federer certainly produced the best one out of the lot. In the second set of the match, the pair were locked in a rally until Gulbis sent a deft touch that just managed to clear the net. His shot would have caught many layers out, but the Mighty Federer was undoubtedly not one of them.

Federer made a devoted darting run toward the net, hoping to reach the shot on time. Federer successfully returned the shot with a cheeky no-look drop shot that took his opponent by surprise.

An outstanding effort from the Swiss star left the commentator with only one reply, “Oh baby. How good was that point? One of the few rallies where you see a lot of executed with very little pace.”

The Mighty Federer then saw himself face off against Spanish star David Ferrer in the Semi-finals. The stars battled it out for a gruelling two hours and six minutes before Federer was able to defeat his opponent with a score of 7-5, 3-6, 6-3.

Federer then continued on to the final of the 2010 Madrid Open, where he faced a raging Rafael Nadal. Nadal had made his push to claim his throne after defeating fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro by a score of 6-4, 2-6, 2-6. Their match was exhilarating and saw many great efforts on display throughout the entertaining, two hours and 16 minutes.

The rivals squared off for an exciting two hours and 11 minutes before the King of Clay was able to secure a 6-4, 7-6 win over his Swiss rival.

“Winning here at home is a dream,” said Nadal after clinching his 18th Masters 1000 title. “Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would win all three of these big events.”

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