In a press conference in Rome, Roger Federer commented on Nick Kyrgios possibly getting banned from the tour after throwing his chair in Rome. "I don't think he should be suspended personally," said Federer. "He walked off the court.
I don't know, what did he do? He hurt a chair? I mean, that's not enough for me. I don't know if he's on probation or not from his Shanghai thing or not. If that's the case, then obviously you can maybe look into it.
If that's run its course, I don't think he should be suspended. A zero pointer, fine, all this stuff is already tough enough. He knows it's a mistake what happened. But, yes, you guys figure it out because you know..."
The interesting thing about Federer and his "routines" at the Foro Italico, where he last played in 2016. Gabriele Bianco has been the Practice Officer Responsible for 28 years: in order to book practice courts, players, coaches and agents go to him during the Rome Masters.
Bianco starts his story emotionally. How is Federer? "He is so good, especially off-court," he told Sky Sport. "For example... he managed to find a place where to focus and no one except me and maybe some bodyguards knew where he was."
Federer who saved two match points in his third-round win against Borna Coric in Rome withdrew before his quarter-final against Stefanos Tsitsipas on Friday with an injury to his right leg. He is expected to play the French Open next.