Roger Federer enters final

Madrid, October 21:

A hostile Spanish crowd spelled quick defeat for Tomas Berdych, boosting Chilean Fernando Gonzalez into a final against flawless Roger Federer with a 6-3, 6-1 win at the Madrid Masters on Saturday.

Berdych was proclaimed public enemy No 1 at the Madrid arena after his upset win over local hero Rafael Nadal in quarter-final a day earlier. The outsider drew lasting wrath as he made a silencing gesture to the disappointed audience after his victory. The public arrived on Saturday with memories fresh and jeered Berdych from the moment he stepped on to the court.

Federer polished off David Nalbandian in a startlingly easy 6-4, 6-0 rout to glide into his 14th final of the season. Federer was winning his 18th consecutive match to move a step away from a tenth title of 2006.

Berdych never had a chance against Gonzalez winning just two sets in two years. Gonzalez, chasing a Masters Cup place next month, took full advantage of his unexpected support.