ATP Masters Series - Rome
The fourth Masters Series event of the season begins on Monday in Rome. For the past two years the Rome Final has produced the match of the past two seasons, Rafael Nadal was the victor on both occasions in five hour plus finals against Roger Federer (2006) and Guillermo Coria (2005) respectively. That won’t be the case this year, at least not of the five set variety as the final will be a best of three sets affair. Nadal looks to continue his phenomenal run on clay, while Federer is still in search of his first Masters title of the season, an unusual situation for him to find himself in. The draw has been made with one of the remaining question marks being where Guillermo Cañas (a likely qualifier) will end up in the draw, there are four spots available in the top half (Federer) and three in the bottom half (Nadal).
Testing quarter for Federer
Largely unimpressive in Monte Carlo, the world number one still reached the final without dropping a set. A similar vein of form may not yield the same results this time around. Rome is the scene of where Federer came as close as he has ever done to defeating Nadal on clay and he’ll be hoping to reproduce that level of play this time around. Federer’s first opponent is likely to be Nicolas Almagro, both players met in Rome last year at the quarter final stage with Federer progressing in three sets, 7-5 in the third. Almagro was a non-factor in Monte Carlo, having to retire against Tomas Berdych after defending his title in Valencia. Federer would have hoped for a less demanding opponent to begin his campaign. Should Federer progress he may well run into Richard Gasquet (3rd round) and Tomas Berdych or Jose Acasuso (quarter-final). The potential is there for Federer to be well tested if and when he reaches the final.
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