Madrid, Spain (Sports Network) - Spanish stars Rafael Nadal and David
Ferrer were a pair of easy second-round winners at the $4.425 million Madrid
After receiving a first-round bye, the fifth-seeded former world No. 1 Nadal
handled rising Frenchman Benoit Paire 6-3, 6-4, while a fourth-seeded Ferrer
handled Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin 7-5, 6-2 Wednesday on the red clay at The
The hot Nadal is now a gaudy 27-2 this season and seeking a fifth title in his
seventh tournament of 2013. He titled in Barcelona just two weeks ago.
The reigning French Open king is a two-time Madrid titlist and two-time
runner-up in the Spanish capital.
Nadal's third-round opponent will be Russian veteran Mikhail Youzhny, who
took out 11th-seeded Spaniard Nicolas Almagro 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 6-2 on Day 4.
Meanwhile, sixth-seeded 2012 Madrid runner-up Tomas Berdych overcame 6-foot-8
Pole Jerzy Janowicz 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, 6-2 to secure his 400th career ATP match
win, seventh-seeded French star Jo-Wilfried Tsonga got past Dutch qualifier
Robin Haase 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-2), and resurgent 13th seed Tommy Haas topped
wild card and long-time Spanish favorite Tommy Robredo 6-3, 7-5. The 35-year-
old Haas is fresh off his clay-court championship in Munich in his native
Germany last week and will tangle with Ferrer on Thursday.
The Czech slugger Berdych lost to three-time champion Roger Federer in last
year's Madrid Open finale.
Also on Wednesday, 14th-seeded quality Japanese Kei Nishikori drubbed Serb
Viktor Troicki 7-5, 6-2 and big-serving South African Kevin Anderson edged out
Argentine Juan Monaco 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 6-4 at this French Open tune-up.
Nishikori is rewarded with a third-round match against the great Federer.
The Sports Network