ATP Tour

Federer rolls on in Rome

2015-05-13 22:39
Roger Federer (AFP)

Rome - Roger Federer hs defeated Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas for the second time this month as the Swiss legend began his campaign at the Italian Open with a 7-6 (7/3), 6-4 win on Wednesday.

The second-round success in 80 minutes came just over a week after Federer beat the Uruguayan on clay in the final in Istanbul.

Federer was tested all the way by Cuevas, ranked 24th in the world, with the second seeded 33-year-old winning a tiebreak to seal the opening set in 45 minutes.

A break for 3-2 in the second gave Federer -- seeking his first title in Rome after losing three times in the final in 14 previous appearances -- the lead which he never surrendered.

"I know I'm not the favourite like I've been in other years for the title here - but who cares, really?," said Federer.

"I was focusing on getting through this round and I'm happy I won it. I lost last week in Madrid (to Australia's Nick Kyrgios) and here a year ago holding match points both times.

"So right now I'm glad to go through. It was nice to get the victory tonight."

Andy Murray kept his clay-court purple patch alive, defeating Jeremy Chardy 6-4, 6-3 to extend his unbeaten record on the surface this season.

Murray extended his record to 10 wins in 10 matches after making a late decision to see how his body had held up after the stunning Madrid Open win on Sunday over Rafael Nadal.

Murray, who turns 28 on Friday, beat Chardy in 84 minutes with six aces and three breaks of the Frenchman's serve.

"My legs were a bit tired at the start but they started to feel better after a few games," said Murray. "I played a good match.

"He (Chardy) has a big serve, it was tough for me. But I hung in, moved well and didn't give him loads of opportunities. I served well throughout the match.

"I'm happy with how I adjusted to conditions, I made it difficult for him to win free points.

"I don't know how my body will feel over the next days, but I'll try to spend as much time recovering and resting as possible."

Nadal, his seeding down to fourth, began his title defence and the quest for a record eighth Rome trophy as he crushed Turk Marsel Ilhan 6-2, 6-0 in barely one and a quarter hours.

I'm playing better," said Nadal. "it's true that I've not played two weeks in a row at the right level yet - but today was a good start. The level or today was good.

"I played without many mistakes and that gave me the chance to win by this score."

Japanese fifth seed Kei Nishikori won his opening test four days after losing to Nadal in the Madrid semi-finals, with Asia's top player defeating Czech Jiri Vesely 7-6 (7/3), 7-5

Italy's Fabio Fognini thrilled the home fans as he upset tenth seed Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 (11/9), 4-6, 6-0, reaching the third round here for the first time.

Dominic Thiem beat 12th seed Gilles Simon as the French player quit with neck pain when trailing 7-6 (7/5), 2-0.

In the women's draw, second seed Simona Halep made up for last week's surprise opening round exit in Madrid, defeating American Alison Riske 6-3, 6-0 for a place in the third round.

Three top 10 seeds lost, with Victoria Azarenka beating fifth seed Caroline Wozniacki for the third time this season, advancing 6-2, 7-6 (7/2).

Russian Daria Gavrilova put out seventh seed Ana Ivanovic 5-7, 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (9/7) barely a month after upsetting Maria Sharapova in the opening round in Miami. Romanian Irina Begu ousted German ninth seed Angelique Kerber 6-3, 6-3.

Canadian Eugenie Bouchard ended a losing streak going back two months and six defeats as she held off a late surge from Zarina Diyas 6-3, 6-4.

Results from the fourth day of the ATP and WTA Italian Open on Wednesday (x denotes seeded player):


Second round
Simona Halep (ROM x2) bt Alison Riske (USA) 6-3, 6-0
Daria Gavrilova (RUS) bt Ana Ivanovic (SRB x7) 5-7, 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (9/7)
Bojana Jovanovski (SRB)) bt Madison Keys (USA x15) 6-4, 1-6, 6-3
Christina McHale (USA) bt Sara Errani (ITA x13) 6-4, 6-4
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS x8) bt Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 4-6, 6-3, 6-1
Eugenie Bouchard (CAN x6) bt Zarina Diyas (KAZ) 6-3, 6-4
Victoria Azarenka (BLR) bt Caroline Wozniacki (DEN x5) 6-2, 7-6 (7/2)
Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP x10) bt Heather Watson (GBR) 6-1, 6-1
Alexandra Dulgheru (ROM) bt Lucie Safarova (CZE x12) 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (8/6)
Irina Begu (ROM) bt Angelique Kerber (GER x9) 6-3, 6-3
Venus Williams (USA x14) bt Elena Svitolina (UKR) 6-4, 6-3


Second round
Andy Murray (GBR x3) bt Jeremy Chardy (FRA) 6-4, 6-3
John Isner (USA x16) bt Leonardo Mayer (ARG) 7-6 (8/6), 6-4
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) bt Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) 6-4, 6-3
Kei Nishikori (JPN x5) bt Jiri Vesely (CZE) 7-6 (7/3), 7-5
Rafael Nadal (ESP x4) bt Marsel Ilhan (TUR) 6-2, 6-0
Dominic Thiem (AUT) bt Gilles Simon (FRA x12) 7-6 (7/5), 2-0, retired (neck)
Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) bt Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP x14) 1-6, 6-1, 6-4
Fabio Fognini (ITA) bt Grigor Dimitrov (BUL x10) 7-6 (11/9), 4-6, 6-0
Roger Federer (SUI x2) bt Pablo Cuevas (URU) 7-6 (7/3), 6-4

Read more on:    atp tour  |  rome masters  |  roger federer  |  tennis

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Sport Talk


Which is your favourite Grand Slam of the year?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.