Federer suffers early defeat in Madrid
Twenty-year-old Australia’s Nick Kyrgios handed Roger Federer one of his earliest defeats in recent times in Madrid yesterday. The match started well enough for the multiple grand slam champion when he nabbed a very tight first set in a tiebreaker.
The second set would see Federer secure a break, but when most people thought the match was over and done with, the young Australian broke back to level the match.
He would go on to ferociously hold his nerves and serve to force another tiebreak, which he won comfortably, forcing the match to a decider. The third set saw the former four-time champion visibly struggling to hold and return serve.
The set would eventually head to a tiebreak, which Federer lost to hand Kyrgios a 6-7, 7-6, 7-6 (14) win under three hours. Federer is the second former world number one to lose to Kyrgios as the Australian stunned Nadal in the fourth round of Wimbledon last July. Both times were the first meetings between the trio.
Also yesterday, Andy Murray hustled past Philip Kohlschreiber of Germany in three sets, while Stan Wawrinka lost in three sets to Grigor Dimitrov. The Swiss insists that his recent messy divorce has in no way affected his game but recent poor showings disprove this.
Tomas Berdych and defending champion, Rafael Nadal, also advanced easily in straight sets. However, world number one, Novak Djokovic, is not playing in Madrid this week for the second consecutive year. He is preparing for Rome, where he is the defending champion.