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Roger Federer escapes Milos Raonic

Updated: May 9, 2012, 9:28 PM ET
Associated Press

MADRID -- Roger Federer rallied to beat Milos Raonic 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (4) at the Madrid Open on Wednesday to narrowly avoid his earliest tournament exit in two years.

Federer hasn't been eliminated in the second round of a tournament since the 2010 Rome Masters, and the 16-time Grand Slam champion had to call on his wealth of experience and shotmaking abilities to survive an early scare against the 23rd-ranked Canadian.

Earlier, Rafael Nadal had an easier time in his first match ...

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