Nishikori is the event’s 14th seed and has met Federer only once previously, losing 6-1 6-3 in Basel in 2011. The Japanese now faces Either Viktor Troicki or Marcel Granollers for a place in the third-round whilst Federer faces a potential banana skin in the form of Radek Stepanek, who beat Bernard Tomic 6-3 6-2.
At the top of the draw, Novak Djokovic faces a likely mouth watering second round clash against young Bulgarian star Grigor Dimitrov whilst Andy Murray faces Germany’s Florian Mayer in his opening match after he beat Marinko Matosevic.
ATP Madrid results
Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) beat Javier Marti (Spain) 6-2 6-4
Robin Haase (Netherlands) beat Alexandr Dolgopolov (Ukraine) 6-3 6-7(6) 6-2
Round 1 Jerzy Janowicz (Poland) beat Sam Querrey (U.S.) 6-3 6-4
11-Nicolas Almagro (Spain) beat Tobias Kamke (Germany) 6-4 (Kamke retired)
Kevin Anderson (South Africa) beat Jesse Levine (Canada) 6-2 6-2
Denis Istomin (Uzbekistan) beat Xavier Malisse (Belgium) 6-3 6-2
John Isner (U.S.) beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (Spain) 7-5 7-6(8)
Daniel Gimeno-Traver (Spain) beat Feliciano Lopez (Spain) 2-6 6-4 6-2
Florian Mayer (Germany) beat Marinko Matosevic (Australia) 6-2 6-7(3) 6-4
12-Milos Raonic (Canada) beat Nikolay Davydenko (Russia) 7-5 7-6(5)
14-Kei Nishikori (Japan) beat Jurgen Melzer (Austria) 6-3 6-2
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