Federer, Serena take Madrid titles
Roger Federer won the Madrid Open for the third time Sunday, rallying past Tomas Berdych 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 on the new blue clay court and overtaking Rafael Nadal for the No. 2 ranking.
On the women's side, Serena Williams overpowered top-ranked Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 6-3 to capture the title. Azarenka, who had won her four previous tournaments, was so exasperated she smashed her racket to the ground.
Federer prevailed in a tournament in which top-ranked Novak Djokovic and Nadal had already been eliminated, both blaming the court their early exits.
"It is amazing to win here again," said Federer, whose other titles came in 2006 and 2009. "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."
Meanwhile, in a match between two of the women's tour's heaviest hitters, Williams battered Azarenka with her big serves and fierce returns to take the first four games.
"I can still do better," said Williams, who took a yearlong absence because of illness in 2011. "This is really good. I have been working hard. I had some tough battles and really unfortunate circumstances so I really love this."
Anderson will be in London
Matt Anderson of West Seneca and the U.S. men's volleyball team are headed to the Olympics.
The defending gold medalists punched their ticket to London late Saturday night in Long Beach, Calif., by sweeping Canada (28-26, 25-18, 25-20) in the finals of the NORCECA Olympic qualification tournament at the Walter Pyramid.
Anderson, a graduate of Penn State, had 13 points for the U.S. team.
Captain Clay Stanley had 15 points for the sixth-ranked United States team.
"Shoot, congrats to our team. We made it," said Stanley, who was named Most Valuable Player for the event. "We got our ticket to London."
U.S. hockey wins easily
Max Pacioretty of the Montreal Canadiens opened the scoring and the United States rolled to a 5-0 victory over defending champion Finland at the ice hockey world championships in Helsinki.
Kyle Palmieri of the Anaheim Ducks added a goal in the second period, followed two minutes later by a power-play goal by Justin Faulk. Chris Butler of the Calgary Flames and Bobby Ryan closed out the scoring for the U.S team.
Canada tops Group A with 16 points, followed the U.S. with 13 points and Finland with 12. If Finland beats Kazakhstan on Monday, it will again face the U.S. team in Thursday's quarterfinal.
From News Staff and wire service reports