Early Madrid Losers Djokovic, Federer Open Play In Rome On Tuesday; Serena v Robson Highlights WTA Card
by Staff | May 13th, 2013, 10:52 pm

After a bumpy Madrid event, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer look to regain their footing tomorrow at the Italian Open in Rome. Djokovic, a 2008 and 2011 champion, begins his final pre-French warm-up against Spanish veteran Albert Montanes in second round play.

With the season goal of the French Open just around the corner, Djokovic will need to put up a good result this week and get some momentum back from his impressive Monte Carlo title run.

“It was a strange week for me in Madrid. I look at it as a valuable experience,” reflected Djokovic who lost to Grigor Dimitrov. “Every defeat is equally as important as a victory, so I try to analyse the things I went through.

“I came here Wednesday, so I’ve been here almost a week working hard on my game and fitness in order to prepare well for Rome. I hadn’t had a lot of practice before Madrid, so I’m trying to make up for lost time here. I think I’m ready and will be able to perform with my best tennis.”

Later, Federer will look to turn around a dismal to 2013. The Swiss who has never won the Rome title – one of the few missing from Roger’s trophy case – faces Italian hope Potito Starache who he has beaten all six times they’ve met.

“I’ve been practicing well and I’m really hungry and motivated to play again. I hope I can play a good tournament here,” said Federer. “That’s really important for me. But first things first, I want to start well.

“It’s totally different to last year, where I arrived at the last minute in Rome with the victory in Madrid. I was carrying a little bit of an injury with me and said, ‘ok let’s see how Rome goes’ and I played in the semis. It is a totally different preparation this time around. I arrived much earlier, because of my [third]-round loss in Madrid.”

Also on a busy Tuesday, Grigor Dimitrov squares off against Richard Gasquet in a battle of ultra-talented one-handers. Tommy Haas, Gilles Simon, Juan Martin Del Potro and Tomas Berdych are also in action.

In the women’s field, rising Brit Laura Robson will bid for a rare Williams sisters double. Earlier today the 19-year-old notched another great win beating a back-hobbled Venus 6-3, 6-2, and now she’ll face younger sis Serena on Tuesday.

“I’ve always wanted to play her,” the 39th-ranked Robson said of Serena. “It’ll be a good test. She’s playing probably her best tennis. It’s going to be insanely tough, but I’m just going to go out there and do my best.”

Caroline Wozniacki, Petra Kvitova and Ana Ivanovic are also scheduled.

Earlier today, the tournament lost its first seed when coachless Canadian Milos Roanic was defeated by Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6, 6-4. In the Italian War, Fabio Fognini took the glory from countryman Andreas Seppi easily 6-4, 6-1. For the win Fognini gets Rafael Nadal on Wednesday.

Kei Nishikori, Marin Cilic and Benoit Paire who knocked out Juan Monaco were victors as well.

CENTRALE start 12:00 noon
E Vesnina (RUS) vs [13] R Vinci (ITA) – WTA
G Dimitrov (BUL) vs [9] R Gasquet (FRA) – ATP
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) vs [Q] A Montanes (ESP) – ATP
Not Before 7:30 PM
[WC] P Starace (ITA) vs [2] R Federer (SUI) – ATP
Not Before 9:00 PM
[1] S Williams (USA) vs L Robson (GBR) – WTA

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19 Comments for Early Madrid Losers Djokovic, Federer Open Play In Rome On Tuesday; Serena v Robson Highlights WTA Card

Michael Says:

I think Novak has something to prove here after his early exit in Madrid. His ankle is not bothering him and he seems fresh and raring to go. The positive thing for Novak in Rome is the amount of rest he has managed to achieve. This might help him in the semis if he meets Rafa who is oozing with confidence after his spectacular comeback. If there is one player, who can give sleepless nights to Rafa on Clay, it is only Novak and so let us hope for a Rafa Vs Novak semi finals and may the best man win.

nadalista Says:

Roger Federer: Does anyone know the best way to get rid of a fly?

Helpful Facebook poster: Slice backhand works every time – You might need to work on yours for a while before trying though!

Nadalista: Are you okay, Rog?


Kimmi Says:

wozniacki is really struggling now. lost in the first round again. Apparently she has 4 match losing streak.

Kimmi Says:

Surprised haas was knocked out by youzhny so easily. It is probably a break for federer. Almagro also out.

Margot Says:

Out goes Grigor too :(

Kimmi Says:

Nole righted the ship

alison Says:

Pretty solid and composed performance from Djokovic,nothing much else to add really.

RZ Says:

Nadalista – this is why Roger needed help with the fly: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=lMlPjXh49VY

alison Says:

This is some performance from Roger,if he keeps this up,well i wouldnt rule out his chances of winning hear in Rome or at the FO,the pressures off him as people are tipping Rafa/Nole,so that could work out in his favour playing without as much pressure.

Ahsan Najeeb Says:

Cannot agree more with you Alison…. Man he looked sharp today… There was so much urgency in his game….He had this “I mean business” look on his face … Looks like he did go straight to practice after defeat from Nishikori in Madrid

alison Says:

^DITTO Delpo^.

RZ Says:

Alison, I just hope Fed can keep it up from one match to the next!

alison Says:

RZ hes not my favorite player,but i like him and i do enjoy watching his matches from a neutral point of view,and what hes achieved in the game is amazing,the thing is tennis gets harder all the time,and theres new and young talent emerging,but one thing about Roger is he certainly relishes a challenge and still loves the game,it would be great to see him carry on playing this way,i think hes the dark horse hear and at RG just a hunch.

grisham Says:

Woz has Rory on the mind.

ATM Robson is getting killed.

Humble Rafa Says:

Don’t know why. Your Humble Highness thinks the Big Lady is not going to win the French.

RZ Says:

Grisham, scorewise, yes certainly. But some of the points played were really good and Robson had chances to break. She might have lost 2 and 2, but she made Serena work for much of it.

alison Says:

Humble Rafa who do you think will win the FO on the womens side then? just interested :).

harry Says:

Some comments from Nole after his win over Montanes:

My own impression was that he started the match moving gingerly for the first couple of games; by the end of the match I thought he was sprinting quite well. But i think he is still holding back just a little bit on sliding. Any thoughts from others?

contador Says:

Very bad day for my picks! :/

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