Result: Roger Federer through in Madrid

Roger Federer in the ATP Finals semi-final against Andy Murray
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Former world number one Roger Federer sees off the challenge from Radek Stepanek at the Madrid Masters.

Roger Federer returned from a two-month break to win his first match at the Madrid Masters 6-3 6-2 against Radek Stepanek this afternoon.

The former world number one broke his opponent from the Czech Republic at the first time of asking. From then on Federer dictated the clash with a string of forehand winners as he served out to open up a one-set advantage.

It proved to be even more straightforward for the defending champion in the second set. He broke Stepanek on two separate occasions and despite having surrendered one of those breaks, he eventually eased through into round three in the Spanish capital.

He will now take on either Kei Nishikori or Viktor Troicki for a place in the last 16.

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ATP RankingsPoints
1Scotland flag Andy Murray7,750
2Spain Rafael Nadal7,555
3Switzerland Roger Federer7,145
4Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,780
5Serbia Novak Djokovic5,325
6Croatia Marin Cilic5,155
7Alexander Zverev4,470
8Austria Dominic Thiem4,030
9Japan Kei Nishikori3,285
10Canada Milos Raonic3,230
11Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov3,070
12France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga2,770
13Belgium David Goffin2,560
14Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,425
15Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,390
16United States Jack Sock2,335
17Pablo Carreno Busta2,305
18Lucas Pouille2,220
19United States John Isner2,110
20United States Sam Querrey2,060
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