confirms Feds injury:
MADRID, Oct 14 (Reuters) - Roger Federer's withdrawal because of a foot injury could end up being a blessing in disguise
for the organisers of next week's Masters Series event in Madrid.
The Swiss world number one's domination of the sport is so complete that few would have given any of his rivals a chance of beating him on his favoured hard court surface in the Spanish capital.
The 24-year-old's absence, combined with that of Lleyton Hewitt, Andre Agassi and champion Marat Safin, means the tournament is now wide open. It has also boosted hopes that local favourite Rafael Nadal could win on home soil.
The 19-year-old world number two will, however, face stiff opposition as he attempts to capture his 11th title of the season.
Andy Roddick, a crop of Argentines including Guillermo Coria, Gaston Gaudio and David Nalbandian, British duo Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski and Spaniards Juan Carlos Ferrero, Carlos Moya, David Ferrer and Feliciano Lopez all stand in Nadal's way.
Nadal withdrew from Vienna last week after injuring his knee in practice but is expected to be fit for Madrid.