• Federer cruises through Rome opener

    5/14/13 8:37 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Federer cruises through Rome opener Roger Federer eases past Potito Starace in straight sets on Tuesday in Rome. Federer is through to the third round, while Viktor Troicki advances to round two with a win over doubles partner Lukas Rosol.

    (2) Roger Federer d. Potito Starace 6-1, 6-2

    Federer bounced back from an early loss to Kei Nishikori last week in Madrid by dominating Starace in a mere 50 minutes on Tuesday night at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia. The third-ranked Swiss fired 35 winners to just eight unforced errors in his opening match at the Foro Italico.

    Starace, who beat Radek Stepanek in round one, held his first service game for 1-1 in the opening set but dropped his next one at love. Federer cruised from there, although the No. 2 seed did have to save two break points while serving for the set at 5-1. When Federer won a five-deuce game to begin the second, it was all but over. It officially came to a conclusion when the 17-time Grand Slam champion struck his fourth ace at 5-2, 40-0. Next up for Federer is either Gilles Simon or Mikhail Youzhny.

    Viktor Troicki d. (LL) Lukas Rosol 3-6, 6-1, 6-4

    Troicki avenged a blowout loss to Rosol last month in Bucharest by prevailing in one hour and 56 minutes during first-round action on Tuesday. Rosol had gotten into the main draw after losing in qualifying when Janko Tipsarevic withdrew, and for a while it looked like he would capitalize on his opportunity. The 33rd-ranked Czech, who went on to win his first ATP title in Bucharest, did not face a break point in the opening set despite serving at 36 percent.

    The rest of the way, however, it was almost all Troicki. The Serb broke serve three times in the second set as his opponent continued to serve horribly. Rosol served better in the decider, but one donation was one too many because he failed to convert any of his two break chances. Troicki closed out the proceedings at 5-4 to set up a meeting with Ernests Gulbis. The world No. 42 teamed up with Rosol later in the day to win their first-round doubles match against Julian Knowle and Filip Polasek.

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RT @SI_BTBaseline: "Roger practicing. Someone yells, "Come on Roger! Break your leg!" Lost in translation? Or anti-haircut? #ibi13"

Sigh, now wait for chr18 to get wind of this and accuse a Rafan in the crowd wishing Roger ill, even though there is no incontrovertible proof that it was a Rafan who said it.........

rafaisthebest , 5/15/13 5:13 PM

tsonga murray out federer's draw gets even easier, simon might prove tricky though given the history federer should make the final but these days the not so young champion is not as reliable as he used to be

isfand , 5/15/13 5:23 PM

This is one of the only titles to have eluded him, so it would be good for him if he actually makes the final!

Monalysa , 5/15/13 5:42 PM

it will still elude him even if he makes the final but he should give it a shot anyway, rome 2006 was a wonderful match i remember he should have won that but he was unable and i dont think he will ever win rome in his career (whose best part though very illustrious and best ever till date has by and large past him by now)

isfand , 5/15/13 5:49 PM

In the UK telling someone to break a leg before a performance is an anti-jinx way of wishing them Good Luck.

nadline , 5/15/13 5:57 PM

I must watch this 2006 Rome final everyone seems to be talking about! Dont remember it!!

Monalysa , 5/15/13 6:17 PM

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