Nadal's clay dominance is ended by clinical Federer

WORLD No2 Roger Federer finally ended Rafael Nadal&rsquo;s clay court dominance to win the Madrid Open yesterday &ndash; his first title since last October.<br /><br />The Swiss ace claimed a rare 6-4, 6-4 success over his biggest rival to subject Nadal to a first defeat on the surface in 33 matches.<br /><br />Indeed, Nadal has only lost five times on clay in 155 games since 2005 in which time he has won four straight French Open titles.<br /><br />But victory here will give Federer a boost in the hope of winning a first title at Roland Garros when the Grand Slam event starts on Sunday.<br /><br />World No1 Nadal was clearly feeling the affects of his epic four-hour semi-final victory over Novak Djokovic on Saturday, and Federer took full advantage, putting in a clinical display to record only his second clay-court victory over Nadal in 11 attempts and a first on any surface for two years.<br /><br />In an uncharacteristic display, leg-weary Nadal came to the net only twice and fired only 12 winners as Federer clinched the crucial break in the ninth game of the first set.<br /><br />Federer then rocked Nadal to break again in the fifth game of the second set before serving out for the match, following a nervy final game in which he survived two break points. It was Federer&rsquo;s first tournament victory since taking the Swiss Indoor Open in Basel seven months ago.