It was a letdown for recent ATP 250 champion Federer to lose against feisty Kyrgios in three tie-breaks (last one being 14-12) in the colourful 20-year-olds favour. As a Federer fan it was hard to see parts of that match, because at times he looked a bit slow. Especially when running around his forehands. But maybe it was just one of those days?
It does give me the feeling that we won't see much Fed success from the 2015 clay court season.
Rafa on the other hand seems to be fist-pumping himself back into some sort of form. On Spanish home ground, he looks more confident, more eager and if does win the tournament it will be an ominous sign – even for the seemingly unbeatable Djokovic.
On another note, Isner showed that he's a formidable clay court player by beating Fed-slayer, Kyrgios in another tight three-setter. The tall American is a threat to pretty much anyone on any surface as long as his serve is working. Which it usually does.
Interesting things to come in Madrid…