Wawrinka loses, Federer withdraws in Madrid
By Kieran Canning ,AFP
May 8, 2014, 12:02 am TWN
MADRID -- Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka suffered a shock defeat to Austrian qualifier Dominic Thiem at the Madrid Masters on Tuesday as his compatriot Roger Federer withdrew to attend the birth of his second set of twins.
A finalist in Madrid last year, Wawrinka seemed on course for a routine win after romping through the first set, but Thiem leveled with some excellent tennis in the second before sealing the biggest win of his career 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 with the only break of serve in the third set.
“I was really positive trying to find a way to win, but I didn't,” lamented Wawrinka.
“I had some chances in the third set and I should have played better when I had those opportunities.”
Thiem, meanwhile, was surprised himself at the level of play he found in the final two sets to register his first win against a top 10 ranked player.
“I cannot really believe it,” said the world number 70.
“I was in this famous zone during the match. I was really unbelievable concentrated.”
Wawrinka's defeat means Rafael Nadal is the only top four seed left in the draw before he even starts his campaign on Wednesday as Federer joined Novak Djokovic in withdrawing from the tournament.
Federer announced on Tuesday evening that his wife Mirka had given birth to the couple's second set of twins, this time boys named Leo and Lenny.
“Mirka and I are so incredibly happy to share that Leo and Lenny were born this evening! Twins again.. miracle!” Federer wrote on his official Facebook page.
The 17-time Grand Slam champion's withdrawal could benefit Andy Murray as the Scot is now the highest seeded player left in the second quarter of the draw.
Murray will face Nicolas Almagro in his first match at the Caja Magica on Wednesday after the Spaniard needed 11 match points to finally see off Kazakh qualifier Andrey Golubev 6-3, 6-7 (9/11), 7-6 (7/4).