Tennis: Federer cruises into Madrid Masters 3rd round
MADRID — Defending champion Roger Federer shrugged off his recent dip in form to cruise into the third round of the Madrid Masters, defeating Benjamin Becker 6-2, 7-6 (4) on Tuesday.
The top-seeded Federer broke serve right away and broke again to close out the first set. He then took control of the second set tiebreaker.
Federer is seeking to improve his game in Madrid. He lost his first clay-court match of the year at the Rome Masters before exiting the Estoril Open in the semifinals.
In the women's tournament, ninth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska lost in the second round to Patty Schnyder 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 and Marion Bartoli was upset by Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-2, 6-0.