Tennis: Federer stunned by Nishikori at Madrid Open

AP, Thursday 9 May 2013

Second-ranked Roger Federer was ousted by Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 in the third round of the Madrid Open on Thursday

Roger Federer of Switzerland leaves after being defeated by Kei Nishikori of Japan in their men's singles match at the Madrid Open tennis tournament, May 9, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)

After recovering from Nishikori's strong start, it looked like Federer found his stride after roaring back in the second set.

But Nishikori reasserted his ground game in the decider after breaking the defending champion for a 3-1 advantage and held on for the surprising victory to reach the quarterfinals.

The pair had met only once before with Federer winning in straight sets.

Federer's early exit leaves Rafael Nadal as the favorite after world No. 1 Novak Djokovic lost on Tuesday.

Nadal beat Mikhail Youzhny 6-2, 6-3 earlier.

Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova also reached the quarters in straight sets.

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