Nadal and Federer advance in Madrid

Updated: May 10, 2012

World No 3 Roger Federer had to use all his experience to battle back from a set down to see off fast-rising Canadian Milos Raonic 4-6 7-5 7-6 in the Madrid Open second round. He now takes on no. 14 seed Richard Gasquet.

Rafa Nadal made much smoother progress into the last 16, dispatching former world No 3 Nikolay Davydenko 6-2 6-2. Nadal next faces 15th-seeded compatriot Fernando Verdasco for a place in Friday’s quarterfinals.

American eighth seed John Isner lost 7-6 7-6 to fellow giant Marin Cilic of Croatia.

Defending champion Petra Kvitova was upset by qualifier and Czech compatriot Lucie Hradecka 6-4 6-3 in the second round.

World No 1 Victoria Azarenka, who lost to Kvitova in last year’s final of the premier clay event, claimed her place in the quarterfinals with a 6-4 6-4 success against Ana Ivanovic of Serbia.

Li, the French Open champion and eighth seed, beat 12th-seeded German Angelique Kerber 7-5 6-4.

Samantha Stosur of Australia, the fifth seed, also made it through to the last eight when she thrashed Czech Petra Cetkovska 6-3 6-2 to set up a meeting with Hradecka or Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova.