Madrid - Roger Federer made a winning return after a two-month absence from the court
as he cruised to a 6-3, 6-3 win over Radek Stepanek to move into the third
round of the Madrid Open on Tuesday.
A solitary break in the fourth game was enough for the Swiss world No 2 to
take the first-set 6-3.
And he looked set to storm through the second as he served for the match
with a double break at 5-2 in the second.
However, Stepanek then showed some resistance to break the record 17-time
Grand Slam champion for the only time in the match.
The Czech's fightback didn't last long though as Federer broke again in the
very next game to seal a third round tie against either Japan's Kei Nishikori
or Viktor Troicki of Serbia.
Andy Murray also claimed a victory but was made to struggle at times by
World No.26 Florian Mayer, before coming through in two tie-breaks.
Mayer was made to rue numerous opportunities to have taken the first set as
he passed up five set points in the tie-break before world No 3 Murray made
sure with a crosscourt forehand on his second set-point.
The German surged ahead at the start of the second set and led 4-1 before
Murray broke back for the first time in the match at 4-2 to force the game into
a second tie-break.
And the Briton was far more dominant at the second time of asking as he
began to read Mayer's serve to good effect and wrapped up the tie-break 7-3 to
move into round three, where he will meet France's Gilles Simon.
Earlier, Serbian World No 9 Janko Tipsarevic became the first seed in the
men's event to fall on Tuesday morning as he was beaten by clay court
specialist Juan Monaco 7-5, 6-3.
And eighth seed Richard Gasquet also suffered an early exit as the Frenchman
was beaten 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 by Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver.
World No 15 Stanislas Wawrinka, however, continued his fine form after
winning the Portugal Open last week with a comfortable 6-4, 6-4 win over
Romanian qualifier Marius Copil.
In the women's event World No.1 Serena Williams eased into the third round
with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Spain's Lourdes Dominguez Lino.
The American had struggled early on in her first-round match against Kazak
qualifier Yulia Puntitseva, but began much brighter as she broke Dominguez Lino
straight away on her way to winning the first set 6-2.
The second set started in a similar vein as Williams seized a 2-0 lead, but
Dominguez Lino fought back bravely to level matters at 2-2 before the next
seven games went with serve.
However, the World No 47 finally crumbled when serving to stay in the match
at 5-6 as Williams broke to love to seal victory.
French 14th seed Marion Bartoli overcame a twisted ankle during the second
set of her match against Spaniard Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor to progress 6-4, 2-6,
6-4.Results from the fourth day of the ATP and
WTA Madrid Open on Tuesday (x denotes seeding):
Serena Williams (USA x1) bt Lourdes
Dominguez Lino (ESP) 6-2, 7-5
Marion Bartoli (FRA x14) bt Maria-Teresa
Torro-Flor (ESP) 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) bt Kirsten
Flipkens (BEL) 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) bt Madison
Keys (USA) 7-6(7/3), 6-3
Sabine Lisicki (GER) bt Dominika Cibulkova
(SVK x15) 7-6(7/4), 7-6(7/3)
Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) bt Nadia Petrova
(RUS x11) 7-6(7/2), 4-6, 6-4
Ana Ivanovic (SRB) bt Chanelle Scheepers
(RSA) 6-2, 6-2
Juan Monaco (ARG) bt Janko Tipsarevic (SRB
x9) 7-6 (7/5) 6-3
Benoit Paire (FRA) bt Joao Souza (BRA) 6-1,
Santiago Giraldo (COL) bt Martin Klizan
(SVK) 6-2, 6-4
Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) bt Fabio Fognini
(ITA) 7-6 (7/4), 2-6, 7-6(7/5)
Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI x15) bt Marius
Copil (ROM) 6-4, 6-4
Tommy Haas (GER x13) bt Andreas Seppi (ITA)
Victor Troicki (SRB) bt Marcel Granollers
(ESP) 7-5, 4-6, 6-2
Tommy Robredo (ESP) bt Marcos Baghdatis
(CYP) 6-4, 6-2
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) bt Novak Djokovic
(SRB x1) 7-6 (8/6), 6-7(8/10), 6-3
Roger Federer (SUI x2) bt Radek Stepanek
(CZE) 6-3, 6-3
Andy Murray (GBR x3) bt Florian Mayer (GER)
Daniel Gimeno-Traver (ESP) bt Richard
Gasquet (FRA x8) 7-5, 3-6, 6-4
Gilles Simon (FRA x16) bt Jeremy Chardy
(FRA) 6-4, 7-6(7/5)
Fernando Verdasco (ESP) bt Milos Raonic
(CAN x12) 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (9/7)
Pablo Andujar (ESP) bt John Isner (USA)