Novak Djokovic reaches 3rd round at Madrid Open

Novak Djokovic won the Madrid title in 2011 and 2016

Switzerland's Roger Federer breezed through his first match on clay in almost three years, downing Frenchman Richard Gasquet 6-2, 6-3 on Tuesday in the Round of 32 at the Mutua Madrid Open. I was really trying everything to get in shape and that was a very frustrating period for me.

"I feel like in the first set, I got a bit lucky there", Osaka said.

The 37-year-old Federer skipped the clay season the last two years to make sure he was fit for the rest of the year.

It marks his first win in Madrid since 2013 as he lost in the first round the last time he played the clay ATP Masters 1000 in 2015.

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"I felt good. It was a great match, a first great match", Wawrinka said.

The top seed won through to an encounter with Diego Schwartzman or Jeremy Chardy at a canter, winning 85 per cent of points on his first serve and capitalising on all three break-point opportunities.

"It was a good match. The points here are quicker and first matches anywhere can be tricky", said Federer.

The fourth-seeded Federer needed less than an hour to win his first match on clay since 2016 and reach the third round in the Spanish capital.

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World number one Djokovic made light work of securing his passage into the last 16, beating qualifier Taylor Fritz 6-4 6-2. He had not competed in a tour-level match on a soft surface for 1,090 days, said his confidence was "in no man's land," and that he will have to "start from scratch". "But I think it was a solid opening match for me in the tournament".

"It was a special match here in Madrid".

Djokovic is seeking his second title of the year, and third overall in Madrid. He will be chasing a fourth straight Grand Slam trophy at Roland Garros next month. Nadal won two of them, but Federer's victory came in the 2009 final, a 6-4, 6-4 win. Playing his farewell event, Ferrer thrilled the home crowd besting countryman Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

The Swiss will next play Argentine Guido Pella, who put out Barcelona finalist Daniil Medvedev 6-2, 1-6, 6-3. Federer, however, was in no mood to allow the Frenchman to make a comeback and wrapped up the second set 6-3, registering a straight sets win.

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He will next face either 10th-seeded Italian Fabio Fognini, who beat Brit Kyle Edmund 6-4, 6-3, or Australian John Millman, who downed American Steve Johnson 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5). "It's a hard match ahead of me", noted the Spaniard.

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