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Federer will play doubles in Rome

ROME (AP)—Roger Federer has entered the doubles tournament at the Rome Masters with Swiss Davis Cup teammate Yves Allegro.

Federer is playing his first tournament on clay since winning his first French Open title last year.

Federer and Allegro were given a wild card, and will open against Johan Brunstrom of Sweden and Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherlands Antilles.

Federer and Allegro hold a 3-2 record in Davis Cup doubles.

In singles, the top-ranked Federer has a first-round bye, but has been drawn into the same half of the draw as Rafael Nadal, setting up a possible semifinal meeting between the two favorites.

The tournament begins Sunday.

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Re: Federer will play doubles in Rome

Skipping Monte Carlo = Bad move
Playing Estoril = Bad move
Playing doubles at Rome = Bad move

I think it's high time for Roger to make a good move.

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Re: Federer will play doubles in Rome

Expected after such a long break on clay, he needs to gain some confidence before playing RG.
Rome, Estoril and Madrid singles might be not enough.

He is getting older and he needs more time to get the rhythm.
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Re: Federer will play doubles in Rome

Actually I like this move. Everytime he plays doubles his volleys become masterclass for a week or two. Thats one facet of his game that he really needs to click on clay, b/c lets face it, he's not the youngest guy on tour and I don't see him willing to outgrind his opponents on a regular basis and thus needs some free points wherever he can get them.

It also seems to improve his return game, which he'll need if he has to face Rafa.
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Re: Federer will play doubles in Rome

Roger throwing a bone here for Allegro, helping his mate earn some money. Maybe they'll win a match or two, Roger will get to work on his net game and serving, Allegro playing for the cash.

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Re: Federer will play doubles in Rome

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Re: Federer will play doubles in Rome

Trash post.

Firstly, count the Rafatards threads .
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No one sane cares

Put it in the Federer Forum

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Damn Roger, you could have chosen a real doubles partner
I so wanted to watch Fedrinka again

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Re: Federer will play doubles in Rome

Good decision Roger. Hopefully you use the net game and general aggressiveness from doubles and translate that to the singles court.
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Re: Federer will play doubles in Rome

I hope Federer's physical shape will hold...

Playing 3 tournaments in a row was already something he has never done in the recent years. Now adding doubles to Rome seems like a bit too much.

If Nadal had done this, people would be calling him crazy and stupid.
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If Nadal had done this, people would be calling him crazy and stupid.
Roger doesn't have a chronic knee issue and these aren't hard courts

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Roger doesn't have a chronic knee issue and these aren't hard courts
I know but it's still a weird decision from Fed. To my awareness, Federer has never played 3 tournaments in a row in the past 5 years (I think he did it once in the Shanghai-Basel-Paris 2008 indoor circuit but ended up withdrawing in Paris) and now he's pushing 29. He's not getting any younger and he's what, the oldest guy in the top 10 right now?
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Re: Federer will play doubles in Rome

He's probably not going to win more than one match so this is probably a good decision.. talking about match practice he played a practice set against Bolelli today and won 6-4.

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He's probably not going to win more than one match so this is probably a good decision..

He's probably planning to tank singles anyway
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