Roger Federer reaches last 16 in Rome Masters

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Roger Federer reaches last 16 in Rome Masters

Tennis: Switzerland's Roger Federer needed just 50 minutes on court he eased past Italy's Potito Starace in second round of the Rome Masters Tennis Championship. Federer defeated Starace in straight sets 6-1, 6-2.

The former world no. 1 had dropped only set against Italian in their last 6 meetings, which was in their very first meeting in 2004. Federer had not lost a set in last 5 meetings and he looked in same mood as he started very strong and availed both the break point opportunities that he got in the first set. He saved both of the break points he faced and took the set 6-1.

It was pretty much the same story in the second set as well, as Federer broke the Italian twice again and did not face a single break point to take the set 6-2 and proceeded to the next round.

The 2nd seed is bidding to reach his first tournament final this year and he has not made it to the finals in first five months of the year. He had suffered an upset loss against Japan's Kei Nishikori last week in Madrid, where he was defending his crown.

Federer will face the winner of Russia's Mikhail Youhzny and France's Gilles Simon for a place in the last 8. This is the 13th time Federer is playing the Rome championship and he is yet to win a title here. He has been finalist here twice in 2003 and 2006.