Rising Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios will get a crack at world number two Roger Federer after breezing into the second round of the Madrid Masters.
Kyrgios blitzed Spanish qualifier Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-2, 6-3 in 61 minutes on Tuesday, sending down 10 aces to effortlessly march into the next round.
Waiting for him, however, is Federer, who enjoyed a first-up bye.
The match, to be played on red clay, will serve as an early test for the 20-year-old ahead of the French Open later this month.
Kyrgios is in impressive form, having reached his first ATP final last week – losing to Richard Gasquet at the Estoril Open – which has seen him enjoy a rankings jump up to 35.
Meanwhile, Grigor Dimitrov progressed after his opponent, Donald Young, was forced to retire due to a back injury.
Milos Raonic breezed past Juan Monaco with 6-3, 6-4 win while enigmatic Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga advanced over Lukas Rosol, winning 7-5, 6-3.
Fernando Verdasco meanwhile needed three sets to advance over compatriot Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, eventually claiming a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory.
Fourth seed Petra Kvitova’s stuttering form continued as she reached the third round with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 win against CoCo Vandeweghe.
The hard-hitting Czech, who missed the Indian Wells and Miami tournaments because of exhaustion and suffered a first-round exit on indoor clay in Stuttgart last month, was in control when she lead by a set and 2-1
American world number 36 Vandeweghe then took five games in a row to turn the match on its head and stood toe to toe with the Wimbledon champion in the decider before faltering.
Kvitova, also taken to three sets by Olga Govortsova in the first round, broke in the eighth game when her opponent netted a forehand and she completed victory with a flourish.
There were no alarms for defending champion Maria Sharapova as she crushed Colombia’s Mariana Duque-Mario 6-1, 6-2.
Former runner-up Victoria Azarenka set up a third-round clash with top seed Serena Williams with a 6-3, 6-3 defeat of Croatian Ajla Tomljanovic.
Ana Ivanovic also had a win, overcoming Elina Svitolina 6-3, 6-4.