Today at the Madrid Open, IMG Academy's Kei Nishikori recorded a stunning upset over the event's defending champion, World No. 2 ranked Roger Federer. After yielding the first set, Federer fought back in the second to force a third and deciding set. In the decider, Nishikori broke in the fourth game, and again in the final game to advance to the quarters, 6-4, 1-6, 6-2.
"He [Federer] was my idol, actually - to beat him, that was one of my goal for my tennis career," said Nishikori after the win. "I lost second or third round last week and I was a little bit struggling, so I didn't have much confidence, but I played good two matches this first and second round, and to beat Roger is - yeah, I need couple days to celebrate."
Nishikori clarified that he would wait to celebrate until next week, but in the quarterfinals, he will face off against Spanish wildcard Pablo Andjucar (ATP No. 113). Defeating No. 2 Federer is Nishikori's biggest upset since defeating then World No. 1 Novak Djokovic at the 2011 Swiss Indoors.