Roger Federer cruises through in Madrid with straight-sets win over Benjamin Becker

By Sportsmail Reporter

World number one Roger Federer began the defence of his Madrid Masters crown with a 6-2 7-6 dismissal of Benjamin Becker in the second round.

With the sliding silver roof open on Manolo Santana court at the Magic Box arena, the Swiss barely broke sweat against the German world number 46 in cloudy weather with sunny spells.

Becker mounted a mini fightback to save two match points at 6-5 down in the second set and one more in the tiebreak but sent a backhand wide on the next point to hand Federer victory.

Swiss timing: Roger Federer cruised to victory in the Madrid Masters

Swiss timing: Roger Federer cruised to victory in the Madrid Masters

'The moment the match started I felt great,' Federer, who won the first point of the match on his serve with a powerful smash, said at a news conference.

'I was hitting the ball fine and this centre court just feels right to me. 'I've obviously never lost on this court so that gives me confidence and I think that showed today in my game.'

The 28-year-old will be hoping to keep up his run in Madrid as he has not claimed a title since lifting his 16th grand slam crown at the Australian Open in January.

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