Down Goes Federer: Another Upset at Madrid

After his 2nd round win two days ago, sports outlets rushed to proclaim that Roger Federer “showed no rust” and that “he hadn’t forgotten how to play tennis” during a two month break from the sport.

They probably wish they hadn’t been so quick to judge.

Lay off me, I haven’t played in 2 months!!!

World #16 Kei Nishikori of Japan sent the defending champion of the Mutua Madrid Open home earlier today after beating him 6-4, 1-6, 6-2.  Federer was unable to find any rhythm from either the baseline or the net, and he later admitted to being disturbed by Madrid’s gusting winds.

Game face.

Federer becomes the second of tennis’s “Big Four” to suffer an early upset this week- world #1 Novak Djokovic lost in the 2nd round yesterday.

Nishikori had only one previous match with Federer- a straight-sets loss in 2011.