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- - Federer is through to the third round where he will face either Victor Troicki or Kei Nishikori. Madrid Masters drawsheet
- - FEDERER 6-3 6-3 - GAME, SET & MATCH! So just the temporary lapse in concentration for Federer then as he quickly makes amends for that previous game by breaking back immediately and sealing the match when Stepanek sent a forehand long.
- - FEDERER 6-3 5-3 - BREAK! Federer saves a first break point with a huge first serve that Stepanek can only return long and then also a second with a forehand down the line after running around the ball. And the defending champion also squanders a couple of match points, both on forehand errors, before going on to hand Stepanek two more break points. The first is saved with a forehand winner down the line but Stepanek does break on the second, Fed hitting into the net. This match is not over yet!
- - FEDERER 6-3 5-2 - BREAK! Federer will serve for the match after the change of ends as Stepanek once again concedes his serve with a forehand into the net.
- - FEDERER 6-3 4-2 - A low key couple of points from Federer see him suddenly 0-30 down on serve. But he quickly slams the door shut on Stepanek and earns himself a game point with an inside out, cross court forehand winner off the volley. Stepanek levels at deuce when Federer has no chance to react to a bad bounce. But another off-forehand, this time off the ground-stroke, seals the game for Federer
- - FEDERER 6-3 3-2 - A weary-looking forehand into the top of the net from Stepanek sees the Czech fail to take advantage of a game point and instead results in Federer levelling at deuce. But Stepanek holds firm and seals the game, without facing a break point, with a forehand winner.
- - FEDERER 6-3 3-1 - Federer races through a hold to 15 to seal the break and look completely in cruise control now in this match - Stepanek's head has dropped in the last couple of games as well, to add to Federer's comfortable air.
- - FEDERER 6-3 2-1 - BREAK! Federer puts so much power on a cross court forehand that Stepanek can only return his stretched forehand volley into the net. The Czech then smashes into the net to hand allow Fed to level at deuce before the defending champion goes on to secure the early break in this second set when Stepanek fails yet again to deal with the weight of shot from Fed.
- - FEDERER 6-3 1-1 - Federer whips an angled backhand passing shot winner across court to hold in double quick time and sling all the pressure back over the net at Stepanek.
- - FEDERER 6-3 0-1 - Stepanek comes through another tough service hold to open the second set. The Czech player eventually holds from deuce by rattling a forehad winner down the line.
- - FEDERER 6-3 - SET! Fed gets the game underway with a smooth one-two of a cross court forehand followed by a forehand winner down the line. And it's equally comfortable from there for the defending champion as Stepanek hits yet another unforced error to help Fed to the first set in just 37 minutes.
- - FEDERER 5-3 - Stepanek looks to be cruising towards a fairly comfortable service hold from 15-15 only to let Federer back into it to level at deuce. But the Czech remains firm and holds with an ace to at least force Fed to serve out the set.
- - FEDERER 5-2 - A much more straightforward game from Federer once again as he holds to 15, sealing the game with an ace, to leave Stepanek preparing to serve to stay in the opening set after the change of ends, albeit with new balls.
- - FEDERER 4-2 - The perfect flicked backhand passing shot that lands right on the baseline (queried by Stepanek and checked by the umpire) from Federer brings up another break point. Stepanek thought it was a different mark than the umpire checked and harnessed that anger to save the chance before going on to hold when Federer sends a backhand out. The deficit remains just the one break.
- - FEDERER 4-1 - Federer also has a tougher time behind serve this time as Stepanek earns himself an immediate break back point, levelling up at deuce with a blistering forehand winner that lands right on the baseline before earning himself the chance to level up with a cross court backhand passing shot winner. Fed saves it with a ferocious inside-out cross court forehand winner and then also a second with another forehand winner before eventually holding with a service winner.
- - FEDERER 3-1 - BREAK! The first points go against serve and unsurprisingly it is Federer who takes them. Fed earns himself a break point with a sliced backhand that stays low and which Stepanek sends sailing long in response. And the defending champ seals the break at that first chance with a series of solid ground-strokes with Stepanek eventually netting an off-forehand.
- - FEDERER 2-1 - It's all travelling very easily with serve so far as Federer posts a second consecutive love service hold, Stepanek sending a forehand sailing long this time.
- - FEDERER 1-1 - Stepanek also posts a love service hold to open his account, some brutal serving from the Czech player in that game. He is going to need that serve if he is to stand any chance today, Stepanek.
- - FEDERER 1-0 - A comfortable love service hold from Federer to open the clash. The world number two made just the one foray into the net, a successful one with a backhand volley that Stepanek can only return into the net, before going on to hold when the Czech nets an off-forehand across court.
- - The players are ready to get going and it will be Federer to open things up by serving first...
- - Federer has won the last seven clashes between these two players (11 in all) and even more worrying for Stepanek, Fed has won the last 15 sets between them.
- - Federer is the defending champion in Madrid, last year the tournament was played on the controversial blue clay if you remember, but he hasn't played a match in two months - since the Indian Wells quarter-finals.
|Date of Birth||27/11/1978|
|Date of Birth||08/08/1981|