I could only watch the late evening matches yesterday, but have caught up with some that I missed.
Another "hopeful" sees off a top player & this was an excellent result for Nishikori! Congratulations to him for remaining focused against a lacklustre Federer. It was a poor 3rd set from Federer and any half way decent player would have beaten him, but I'm glad it was one of the players trying to come up in the game. Having often wondered when the "hopefuls" were going to challenge the top players, Madrid has seen both the world number one & two ousted early.
Nadal looks focused and settled out there, making short work of Youzhny. He looks unassailable to me as I cannot see any realistic challenge for him.
Murray prevailed after a slow start & ought to be pleased that despite playing a mediocre game in the first set, he could take the momentum in the second set and remain focused to clinch the win. Simon put up a good effort, and in close matches such as this, it is a pity someone has to lose.
The match I enjoyed the most was Wawrinka/Dimitrov. Some quite superb tennis from both and exquisite use of the shbh. Although GD went out, he should be proud of an excellent effort here, and hopefully capitalise upon it. Good stuff from SW to get through.
I'm sorry Haas is out, as I could watch him play all day. But he encountered the relentless Ferrer, who obviously prefers a spanking from Nadal!
I like the fact that Haas is enjoying his tennis again - he is still in the doubles, with Stepanek.
I'm looking forward to today's competition. It makes me smile that Andujar, a WC entry, is still in it & hope he gives Nishikori a good match. Schedule for Friday, May 10, 2013MANOLO SANTANA Start 10:50 am
 Serena Williams (USA) v [WC] Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP)
Kaia Kanepi (EST) v  Maria Sharapova (RUS)Not Before 3:15 PM
 Rafael Nadal (ESP) v  David Ferrer (ESP)
[WC] Pablo Andujar (ESP) v  Kei Nishikori (JPN)Not Before 8:00 PM
 Andy Murray (GBR) v  Tomas Berdych (CZE)
 Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)ARANTXA SANCHEZ VICARIO Start 11:00 am
Cara Black (ZIM)/Marina Erakovic (NZL) v [WC] Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP)/Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP)Not Before 3:00 PM
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) v Sara Errani (ITA)
 Angelique Kerber (GER) v  Ana Ivanovic (SRB)
 Max Mirnyi (BLR)/Horia Tecau (ROU) v David Marrero (ESP)/Fernando Verdasco (ESP)STADIUM 3 Start 2:00 pm
Jeremy Chardy (FRA)/Lukasz Kubot (POL) v  Mahesh Bhupathi (IND)/Rohan Bopanna (IND)
 Alexander Peya (AUT)/Bruno Soares (BRA) v  Robert Lindstedt (SWE)/Daniel Nestor (CAN)Not Before 4:00 PM
Kristina Mladenovic (FRA)/Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) v Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)/Lucie Safarova
 Bob Bryan (USA)/Mike Bryan (USA) v Tommy Haas (GER)/Radek Stepanek (CZE)
...................... (the remainder of the schedule is for the juniors)