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HindustanTimes Thu,18 Dec 2014

Tennis

Federer, Serena safely through to 3rd round
AFP
Madrid, May 07, 2013
First Published: 21:19 IST(7/5/2013)
Last Updated: 21:24 IST(7/5/2013)
Swiss player Roger Federer celebrates after winning his tennis match against Czech player Radek Stepanek at the Madrid Masters in Madrid. (AFP)

Roger Federer made a winning return after a two-month absence from the court as he cruised to 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 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 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 Kei Nishikori or Viktor Troicki.

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 he was beaten 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 by Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver.

World No.15 Stanislaw 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.

And 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.


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