Nadal gone, Federer and Djokovic advance

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Updated: May 11, 2012

 

Rafael Nadal went down as the second seed lost his first match of the season on clay, with Spanish compatriot Fernando Verdasco triumphing 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 on Thursday in the third round of the Madrid Masters.

It was entirely another story for top seed Novak Djokovic, who needed two match points to beat Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 and Roger Federer, who rolled over Frenchman Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-2.

Elsewhere, Czech sixth seed Tomas Berdych ended the injury comeback effort of Frenchman Gael Monfils, the number 12, with a comprehensive 6-1, 6-1 victory.

Estoril champion Juan Martin del Potro, the tenth seed, beat Croatian Marin Cilic 6-2, 6-4.

Serena Williams upset fellow former world No 1 Caroline Wozniacki 1-6,6-3,6-2, setting up a quarterfinal meeting with old foe Maria Sharapova at the Madrid Open.

The winner between Williams and Sharapova will meet either fifth seed Samantha Stosur or Czech qualifier Lucie Hradecka in the semifinals.

The 26-year-old Hradecka, who stunned third seed Petra Kvitova in the second round, beat Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova 6-2 7-6 to reach the quarterfinals.

Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska, who climbed to world No 3 this week, won 7-6 6-4 over Italy’s Roberta Vinci.