Madrid, Spain (Sports Network) - Reigning champion Roger Federer and former
titlist Andy Murray were a pair of second-round winners Tuesday at the $4.425
million Madrid Open.
After enjoying a bye into the second round and being idle since mid-March, the
second-seeded former world No. 1 star Federer brushed aside Czech veteran
Radek Stepanek 6-3, 6-3 at this clay-court Masters 1000 French Open tune-up.
Federer beat Czech slugger Tomas Berdych in last year's Madrid finale and is a
three-time overall champion at this tournament.
The third-seeded Murray, meanwhile, needed a pair of tiebreaks to stave off
capable German Florian Mayer, 7-6 (13-11), 7-6 (7-3). The U.S. Open champion
Murray titled here in 2008 when the event was staged on an indoor hardcourt.
Murray will meet Frenchman Gilles Simon on Wednesday in a rematch of the 2008
Madrid finale, which was won by the British star in straight sets.
In some other second-round play on Day 3 at The Magic Box, Spaniard Daniel
Gimeno-Traver upended eighth-seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet 7-5, 3-6, 6-4
and a 16th-seeded Simon got past fellow Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-4, 7-6
In some first-round action involving seeds, Argentine Juan Monaco took out
ninth-seeded Serb Janko Tipsarevic 7-6 (7-5), 6-3, No. 13 hot German Tommy
Haas drilled Italian Andreas Seppi 6-1, 6-2, and No. 15 Swiss Stanislas
Wawrinka bested Romanian wild card Marius Copil 6-4, 6-4. The 35-year-old Haas
is fresh off his title in Munich, while Wawrinka was last week's clay-court
champion in Portugal, where he upset world No. 4 David Ferrer in the final.
Former top-five Spanish favorite Tommy Robredo reached the round of 32 with a
6-4, 6-2 victory over former Australian Open runner-up Marcos Baghdatis.
Robredo will meet the surging Haas on Wednesday.
Additional opening-round wins came for Colombian qualifier Santiago Giraldo,
Frenchman Benoit Paire, Russian Mikhail Youzhny, and Serb Viktor Troicki.
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