(May 6, 2015) Top seed Roger Federer was knocked out of the Madrid Open in the second round on Wednesday by 20-year-old Nick Kyrgios of Australia 6-7(2), 76(5), 7-6(12) in two hours and 37 minutes. For Kyrgios who saved three match points, it was the second Top 10 win of his career. The young Australian defeated Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon last year.
“A lot of points were decided by serving,” Federer said. I expected that. I expected it to be difficult match. It was my first round here in Madrid where conditions are entirely different to Istanbul.
“Obviously I knew that Nick could play. From my side there were no surprise. The result was also going to be possible. So from that standpoint, I’m not surprised.”
“First, second, or third set, but my problem was I couldn’t return his first serve,” Federer explained. “Just a horrible performance on the return.
“Especially first serve return, because actually from the baseline considering that I hadn’t really had a good preparation, I actually played pretty good. I thought I had the upper hand.
“As the match went on it got so bad that I just couldn’t get into decent positions on the return, so it made it very difficult, you know, to get any sort of rhythm after that.
“But credit to him for serving well and keep doing what he was doing. But I’m very disappointed by that. That’s what cost me the match, in my opinion.”
“He likes the big stage,” Federer said of the youngest man in the Top 50. “He’s got nothing to lose, no fear, and he’s got a great game. He can rely on his serve so much. It keeps him in the match regardless of he how he plays from the baseline.
“All he needs to do is string a few good shots, a few good points together when it really matters. It was one of those matches.
“But no doubt about it, it was impressive.”
Kyrgios will play 16th seed John Isner next.
Third seed Rafael Nadal closed out American Steve Johnson 6-4, 6-3 in 74 minutes to reach the third round.
Top women’s seed Serena Williams remained unbeaten on the year, saving three match points in defeating Victoria Azarenka 7-6 (5), 3-6, 7-6 (1) to reach the final eight. The American is now 23-0 in 2015.
“It was an interesting match,” said the 19-time major champion. “I feel like the first two sets went by and then we ended up in this long third set.
“I could have won; she could have won. I really ended up winning, and I don’t know how.”
On saving three match points: “I’m still alive and in the tournament, so that feels really good right now.
“Whenever you’re down a match point and you come back it pumps you up a little bit. So I definitely feel a little bit more pumped. I don’t want to get ahead of myself. I still have some tough people to play.”
“She’s absolutely on her way back, Williams said of Azarenka, who has struggled with injuries over the past two years. “It’s so good to see a Grand Slam champion like her playing so well. I’m always rooting for Victoria when she plays.”
Williams will play Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro next, who defeated Ana Ivanovic 7-5, 1-6, 6-4.
Defending champion and third seed Maria Sharapova advanced to the quarterfinals beating Caroline Garcia of France 6-2, 4-6, 7-5.
“It came down to a few points in the third set,” Sharapova told media. “She was going for it. I could have had a higher percentage of first serves in, but even on good second serves she stepped in and hit really good shots and there was not much I could do until she started making a few errors.”
RESULTS – MAY 06, 2015
WTA Singles – Third Round
 S. Williams (USA) d V. Azarenka (BLR) 76(5) 36 76(1) (saved 3mp)
 M. Sharapova (RUS) d C. Garcia (FRA) 62 46 75
 P. Kvitova (CZE) d A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 61 64
 C. Wozniacki (DEN) d  A. Radwanska (POL) 63 62
 C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) d  A. Ivanovic (SRB) 75 16 64
 L. Safarova (CZE) d R. Vinci (ITA) 64 67(6) 60
I. Begu (ROU) d B. Strycova (CZE) 64 64
S. Kuznetsova (RUS) d S. Stosur (AUS) 57 62 76(5)
WTA Doubles – Second Round
 S. Hsieh (TPE) / F. Pennetta (ITA) d A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 16 60 10-4
K. Mladenovic (FRA) / K. Pliskova (CZE) d  R. Kops-Jones (USA) / A. Spears (USA) 44 Retired (Spears: left calf injury)
ATP Singles – Second Round
N. Kyrgios (AUS) d  R. Federer (SUI) 67(2) 76(5) 76(12) – saved 2 M.P.
 A. Murray (GBR) d P. Kohlschreiber (GER) 64 36 60
 R. Nadal (ESP) d S. Johnson (USA) 64 63
 K. Nishikori (JPN) d D. Goffin (BEL) 62 46 64
 T. Berdych (CZE) d R. Gasquet (FRA) 76(3) 75
 D. Ferrer (ESP) d [Q] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 64 60
F. Verdasco (ESP) d  M. Cilic (CRO) 67(5) 76(5) 63
 G. Dimitrov (BUL) d F. Fognini (ITA) 36 62 75
L. Mayer (ARG) d  F. Lopez (ESP) 76(3) 76(6)
 J. Tsonga (FRA) d J. Sock (USA) 63 16 76(4)
[WC] M. Granollers (ESP) d  G. Monfils (FRA) 76(6) 67(7) 64
 R. Bautista Agut (ESP) d S. Querrey (USA) 75 64
 J. Isner (USA) d [Q] T. Bellucci (BRA) 76(5) 67(11) 61
S. Bolelli (ITA) d [Q] L. Vanni (ITA) 46 63 62
ATP Doubles – Second Round
J. Murray (GBR) / J. Peers (AUS) d  I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA) 76(6) 62
 V. Pospisil (CAN) / J. Sock (USA) d K. Anderson (RSA) / J. Chardy (FRA) 67(4) 61 10-4
M. Cilic (CRO) / V. Troicki (SRB) d  J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) 64 26 10-7
R. Bopanna (IND) / F. Mergea (ROU) d  N. Mahut (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 64 46 10-5
Doubles – First Round
P. Cuevas (URU) / D. Marrero (ESP) d [Alt] S. Johnson (USA) / S. Querrey (USA) 36 63 17-15
[WC] F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) d A. Peya (AUT) / B. Soares (BRA) 64 75
SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 7 MAY 2015
MANOLO SANTANA start 11:00 am
WTA –  C. Wozniacki (DEN) vs  M. Sharapova (RUS)
Not Before 12:15 pm
WTA –  S. Williams (USA) vs  C. Suárez Navarro (ESP)
Not Before 3:15 pm
ATP –  R. Nadal (ESP) vs S. Bolelli (ITA)
ATP –  D. Ferrer (ESP) vs F. Verdasco (ESP)
Not Before 8:00 pm
ATP –  R. Bautista Agut (ESP) vs  K. Nishikori (JPN)
ATP –  M. Raonic (CAN) vs L. Mayer (ARG)
ARANTXA SÁNCHEZ-VICARIO start 1:00 pm
ATP –  G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs  S. Wawrinka (SUI)
Not Before 3:00 pm
WTA – S. Kuznetsova (RUS) vs  L. Safarova (CZE)
WTA –  P. Kvitova (CZE) vs I. Begu (ROU)
Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – [WC] M. Granollers (ESP) vs  A. Murray (GBR)
STADIUM 3 start 1:00 pm
ATP –  J. Tsonga (FRA) vs  T. Berdych (CZE)
ATP – N. Kyrgios (AUS) vs  J. Isner (USA)
ATP –  B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) vs J. Cabal (COL) / A. Mannarino (FRA)
ATP –  D. Nestor (CAN) / L. Paes (IND) vs [WC] F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Mirnyi (BLR)
ATP – After suitable rest – P. Cuevas (URU) / D. Marrero (ESP) vs  M. Granollers (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP)
COURT 4 start 11:00 am
WTA – K. Mladenovic (FRA) / K. Pliskova (CZE) vs  E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS)
WTA –  S. Hsieh (TPE) / F. Pennetta (ITA) vs C. Dellacqua (AUS) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ)
ATP – After rest –  M. Matkowski (POL) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) vs G. Dimitrov (BUL) / J. Melzer (AUT)
WTA – After rest –  M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) vs  B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE)
WTA – After rest – [Alt] L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / I. Begu (ROU) vs  G. Muguruza (ESP) / C. Suárez Navarro (ESP)