Madrid: Defending champion Roger Federer was dumped out of the Madrid Masters on Thursday by world No. 14 Kei Nishikori as the Japanese came through 6-4 1-6 6-3 in their third round clash.

Djokovic knocked out of Madrid Masters
     
Second seed Federer, who had just returned to the tour after a two-month break, joins world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in being eliminated early in the Spanish capital and his lack of match practice showed.
     
One break was enough for Nishikori to take the opening set 6-4, but Federer roared back in the second to take it 6-1.
     
However, with the momentum seeming to be with the 17-time Grand Slam champion, it was Nishikori who edged ahead when he broke to move 3-1 in the third.
     
And after comfortably holding serve in his next two service games, the 23-year-old broke again to seal a first career win over Federer.
     
"He was my idol actually, so to beat him, that was one of my goals for my tennis career," Nishikori told a press conference.
     
"That it happens on clay is amazing because, you know, it's not my really favourite surface. I feel good, of course. I wasn't really expecting this; it is not easy, 6-2 in the third, that's not easy against him."
     
Three-time champion Federer, who beat Nishikori in straight sets in their only other previous clash in Basel in 2011, admitted Nishikori was a deserving winner.
     
"I'm disappointed with my match. Nishikori played better and the best man won," said Federer.

NADAL IN QUATERFINALS

Rafael Nadal eased into the last eight with a 6-2 6-3 win over Mikhail Youzhny and will next face either Tommy Haas of Germany or Spanish compatriot David Ferrer.
     
The 26-year-old Nadal now stands at 28-2 on the season as he looks to reach his seventh final since his comeback from a seven-month injury lay-off in February.
     
"Since I've been back I haven't had the security that I am in my perfect moment or that I can give myself definite goals," said Nadal.
    
Andy Murray also progressed but had to come through a gruelling three hour battle with Gilles Simon before advancing 2-6 6-4 7-6(8-6) to set up a meeting with sixth seed Tomas Berdych who was victorious over Kevin Anderson 7-6 (7/5), 7-5.

SERENA EASES INTO LAST EIGHT

On the women's side, world No 1 Serena Williams eased into the last eight as she dismantled 13th seed Maria Kirilenko 6-3 6-1 in just an hour and four minutes.

(Agencies)

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