• Fri
  • Sep 19, 2014
  • Updated: 1:18am
SportTennis
Madrid Open

Dominic Thiem stuns Stanislas Wawrinka at Madrid Open as Roger Federer pulls out

Swiss star celebrating birth of second set of twins; Maria Sharapova and Li Na reach next round

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 07 May, 2014, 10:10am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 07 May, 2014, 10:58pm

Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka suffered a shock defeat to Austrian qualifier Dominic Thiem at the Madrid Masters on Tuesday as his compatriot Roger Federer withdrew to attend the birth of his second set of twins.

A finalist in Madrid last year, Wawrinka seemed on course for a routine win after romping through the first set, but Thiem levelled with some excellent tennis in the second before sealing the biggest win of his career 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 with the only break of serve in the third set.

Wawrinka’s defeat means Rafael Nadal is the only top four seed left in the draw before he even starts his campaign on Wednesday as Federer joined Novak Djokovic in withdrawing from the tournament.

Federer announced on Tuesday evening that his wife Mirka had given birth to the couple’s second set of twins, this time boys named Leo and Lenny.

“Mirka and I are so incredibly happy to share that Leo and Lenny were born this evening! Twins again... miracle!” Federer wrote on his official Facebook page.

The 17-time grand slam champion’s withdrawal could benefit Andy Murray as the Scot is now the highest seeded player left in the second quarter of the draw.

There is still plenty of star power on show in the women’s Madrid Open as Li Na and Maria Sharapova were victorious.

 

Sharapova raced through the first set against American Christina McHale 6-1. However, McHale went onto take the second 6-4 and led 4-1 in the decider only for Sharapova to respond by reeling off five straight games to set up a meeting with 2011 US Open champion Sam Stosur in the last 16.

“After a really good start I didn’t keep that level. I didn’t keep doing what I was doing. I think I had a bit of a letdown,” she said.

“I didn’t create any chances for myself on her serves. I don’t think I had a break point at all in that second set and I didn’t have a breakpoint until I converted one in the third set.

“I don’t feel like I was doing much off of my return and putting any pressure on her and letting her dictate from the first point. That was really getting me in trouble.”

Former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova was also forced to three sets by American Varvara Lepchenko before advancing 2-6, 6-2, 6-1.

Earlier, Australian Open champion Li had a more simple task as she swept aside fellow Chinese Zheng Jie 6-2, 6-3.

Zheng led the head-to-head record between the two 4-3 before the match, but Li has now won the last four meetings between the pair in straight sets and will face 16th seed Sloane Stephens in the next round.

Share

For unlimited access to:

SCMP.com SCMP Tablet Edition SCMP Mobile Edition 10-year news archive
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

Login

SCMP.com Account

or