Defending champion Roger Federer was stunned by Japan’s Kei Nishikori in the last 16 of the Mutua Madrid Open yesterday.
Despite a second-set fightback, the second seed was too often below his best form and succumbed in an hour and 35 minutes 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 to end his first tournament back after a two-month break.
Nishikori said afterwards: “He started playing much better in the second set, the match was going his way, but I played a bit more aggressive and was playing well.
“I think it’s the biggest win (yet) for me - especially on clay, it’s not my favourite court. It’s an amazing day for me.”
Fifth seed Rafael Nadal, in contrast to Federer, was scarcely troubled in beating Mikhail Youzhny 6-2 6-3. Nadal broke the Russian’s serve on five occasions.