Expectations of wanting to finally see Roger Federer in action, in Rome, might have to wait awhile longer. The Swiss, who had a practice session in Rome earlier today, apparently isn’t certain of playing his second round match tomorrow, as it’d been previously scheduled.
Federer’s to meet Alexander Zverev in his Rome opener, who defeated Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets in their first round match on Monday evening.
Federer’s first practice session in Rome was on Saturday, 7th May. The Swiss had been late by over an hour for the same, though did clarify that he was held because he was signing autographs.
Roger Federer practised today but he is still far from certain about whether he'll play his Italian Open 1st rd tomorrow.
— Mike Dickson (@Mike_Dickson_DM) May 10, 2016
The delay didn’t however deter the crowd that had been gathered in record numbers.
The Rome Open will be Federer’s second event in clay, after the Monte Carlo Masters, and fourth event overall for this season.
Aside of Monte Carlo, Federer had played only the Brisbane and Australian Opens in January, at the start of the year. He was forced to pull-out of a series of tournaments, in Rotterdam, Dubai and Indian Wells after having torn his meniscus post the Australian Open.
Though his recovery went well and he was scheduled to play in Miami, gastroenteritis forced him to withdraw at the last minute from the tournament. This past week, he was scheduled to play in Madrid, but had to pull-out because of reoccurrence of his back injury.
Prior to his withdrawal in Madrid, Federer had cancelled a couple of his practice sessions. In Rome, unlike in Madrid, Federer has a chunk of points to defend since he’s the defending finalist. Currently, he’s moved up a spot in the ATP rankings as the world no.
2 after Andy Murray failed to defend his Madrid Open title. However, if Federer fails to reach the finals in Rome, he will drop down back to the third place, and will also be seeded third at the French Open that will be held in two weeks’ time.