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In this Toronto Classic moment, Roger Federer rallies from a 2-5 deficit in the third set to edge Tomas Berdych in a night-time thriller. Watch the Rogers Cup live online at tennistv.com. Photo: Getty Images

‘Federer Outduels Berdych’ Crowned Toronto Golden Moment

Federer defeats Safin in final round

Roger Federer’s comeback win over Tomas Berdych at the 2010 Rogers Cup has been crowned the Golden Moment of Toronto’s ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament. 

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Over eight days and three rounds, fans cast their votes for their favourite of eight Classic Moments from the Rogers Cup. ‘Federer Outduels Berdych’ received 91.84 per cent of votes cast in the final against ‘Safin’s First Masters Title’. It also won by overwhelming margins in the first two rounds, advancing in Round 1 over Andre Agassi’s 1992 defeat of Ivan Lendl and in the quarter-finals over Patrick Rafter’s dominant run in 1998.

In that night-time thriller, Federer avenged consecutive defeats to Tomas Berdych as he battled from 2-5 down in the third set to prevail 6-3, 5-7, 7-6(5). “The crowds were absolutely amazing,” said the Swiss at the time. “Rarely do you get those kind of atmospheres, so I knew that was something special.  I have always around the world great support, but when it gets so loud and so exciting, it's obviously something different. Adrenaline starts going, and you hope you come out, you know, on the better end at the end, and that's what I was able to do. I'm really, really happy.”

Safin had narrowly earned a place in the final, edging Guillermo Canas’s 2002 giant-killing effort by a two per cent margin. In Round 1, Safin’s Classic Moment advanced over Novak Djokovic’s battling 2014 win over Gael Monfils

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