Federer downs nemesis Canas

MADRID, Spain - Roger Federer finally got a win against Guillermo Canas, beating the 14th-ranked Argentine 6-0, 6-3 Thursday to reach the quarterfinals of the Madrid Masters.

Canas, who beat Federer in consecutive tournaments in March, was broken at love in the second game. Two more breaks of serve gave Federer the first set in 21 minutes.

"I played aggressively, took my chances and felt in control," Federer said. "It was nice to beat him, that's for sure."

Canas held serve for 1-1 in the second set. But Federer, the defending champion, abandoned the groundstrokes and came to the net. He scored 14 of his 17 overall winners at the net in the second set.

Federer, who won 32 of his 41 service points, broke Canas again in the sixth game before holding serve for the rest of the way. He beat Canas for the first time since 2005, improving to 2-3 against him in his career.

Second-ranked Rafael Nadal edged Andy Murray 7-6 (5), 6-4 in a match marked by long rallies from the baseline.

Nadal looked to take control of the first set with a break in the 11th game, but Murray broke back to send it to a tiebreaker where the Spaniard converted his second set point, spinning a forehand down the line.

"It was a great game from start to finish and winning that first set was important ... with this surface favoring Andy's game," Nadal said.

South Sound

n Evergreen men stumble: The Evergreen State College men's soccer team fell to 5-9-1 with a 3-1 loss to visiting Warner Pacific. Jesse Wheelock scored the Geoducks' lone goal with an assist from Eduardo Millan.

College basketball

n Stanford's Brook Lopez suspended: Brook Lopez, a 7-foot sophomore who was already academically ineligible for the start of Stanford's season, has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules.

The suspension went into effect Thursday. Lopez will not be able to practice or participate in any team activities while serving the suspension, coach Trent Johnson said.

Lopez averaged 12.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 25.2 minutes last season. He played in 26 games, starting 18, after being slowed early by a back injury. Named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team, Lopez opted against entering the NBA draft.

n Wisconsin's Flowers taking medical leave: Wisconsin senior guard Michael Flowers is going on a temporary leave of absence for medical reasons, the university announced. Flowers started all 36 games last season, averaged 7.2 points and led the team in assists (105) and steals (58). He was selected to the Big Ten all-defensive team. A news release from the athletic department said Flowers and his family did not wish to comment.


n Allen up at Fry's Open: Michael Allen gave his hometown gallery plenty to cheer about, matching his career-low round with a 7-under 63 to take the first-round lead in the Fry's Electronics Open on Thursday.

Nick Watney, Rich Beem and Frank Lickliter II were two strokes back, with Lickliter posting the day's only bogey-free round on Grayhawk's Raptor Course.

It wasn't as much fun for Grayhawk member Phil Mickelson, No. 2 on this year's money list and the biggest name in the tournament. Mickelson hit three balls into the desert and wound up at 1-over 71, eight strokes behind the 48-year-old Allen.

n German leads Portugal Masters: Germany's Martin Kaymer shot a bogey-free 11-under 61, breaking the course record and matching the lowest round on the European tour this season, to take a three-stroke lead in the Portugal Masters.

The 22-year-old Kaymer birdied the final five holes for a 7-under 29 on the back nine. Argentina's Daniel Vancsik and Sweden's Martin Erlandsson shot 64s, and South African star Retief Goosen was another stroke back along with England's Lee Westwood and France's Gregory Bourdy.