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
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.
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.
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.