• Federer stunned by Nishikori, out of Madrid

    5/10/13 1:55 AM | Cheryl Murray
    Federer stunned by Nishikori, out of Madrid There will be no title defense for Roger Federer in Madrid, with the Swiss man upset in the third round at the hands of Kei Nishikori.

    After a patchy performance that ran hot and cold, Roger Federer finds himself with an early exit in Madrid and more ground to make up as he tries to prepare for Roland Garros. Japan's Kei Nishikori played a fantastic match to get the win of his career so far 6-4, 1-6, 6-2, but Federer's own form, especially in the third set, was the story of the match.

    Federer helped Nishikori along in the first set, donating errors and generally struggling to find his range.

    He righted the ship in the second set and a more tentative Nishikori took his turn appearing the slightest bit star-struck by the Maestro. Federer ripped through the set, allowing Nishikori just one game as he leveled the match at a set a piece.

    But if Federer's game was patchy in the first set, it slid all the way to poor in the third. The Swiss could barely keep the ball in the court. Nishikori, who sensed his opportunity, played well enough to take advantage for the upset win.

    A delighted Nishikori said, "Actually, you know, to beat him, that was one of my goals for my tennis career. And it happens on clay, it's amazing. You know it's not really my favourite surface."

    The loss will cause Federer to lose his hold on the No. 2 spot, with Andy Murray taking it back from him as soon as the new rankings are released on Monday.

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1. Djokovic 12 500 pts
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