Madrid – 1R
Three best American players (Mardy Fish, Andy Roddick and Sam Querrey) suffered an early exit from the Mutua Madrid Open. Roddick  lost his third consecutive match, all of them in ‘Masters 1000’ events. His conqueror, qualifier Flavio Cippola , produced the biggest win of his life overcoming Roddick 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 in 3 hours 3 minutes despite wasting a match point in the second set tie-break. It’s Roddick’s first defeat in these circumstances since 2001 (a match in which won a set being one point away from defeat).
John Isner  gained revenge on Fish  for two tight defeats. This time Isner had more luck and prevailed in typical style, in the third set tie-break (7-6, 4-6, 7-6), passing fellow American on his first match point after almost 3 hours of play. “It’s great to get it done, no doubt. Mardy is playing really well, and I thought he played well today, and I had to play extremely well myself,” said Isner, improving to 19-9 in matches decided by a final set tie-break (on the main level).
Former champion of the tournament in Madrid (eight years ago, albeit indoors), Juan Carlos Ferrero  was one game away from beating Thiemo de Bakker , but the Dutchman scored another win (2-6, 7-5, 6-4) over the former No. 1 (he beat Ferrero last year in Barcelona). Albert Montanes  led 4:0 in the deciding set tie-break against Sergiy Stakhovsky , but was able to win only one point to the end of the match and broke his racquet in anger after the last point (Stakhovsky’s service winner). The Ukrainian saved a set point in the first set tie-break, he won the match 7-6, 3-6, 7-6 in 2 hours 24 minutes. Milos Raonic  served out a European clay-court record this year – 23 aces, but it wasn’t enough to sink a local favorite Feliciano Lopez . The Spaniard won the match (4-6, 7-6, 6-4) consisted of only two breaks, winning just two points more (95-93).
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