Swiss superstar Roger Federer is scheduled to begin his campaign in Rome on Wednesday afternoon, where he will meet France’s Jeremy Chardy in the second round of the Masters 1000 event. This is the second time these two competitors will meet on the ATP World Tour, with Federer leading the head-to-head series 1-0.
Federer began his 2014 season with a finals appearance in Brisbane, where he lost to Lleyton Hewitt. He would win his first title of the year in Dubai, beating Novak Djokovic in a three-set semifinal in the process. He would meet Djokovic a second time at the Indian Wells final, but would lose a close three-set battle. He would later lose a surprising quarter-final match-up to Kei Nishikori in Miami, before moving onto the European clay court portion of the season.
The 32-year-old would arrive in Monte Carlo, where he would work his way to the final, beating Radek Stepanek, Lukas Rosol, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Novak Djokovic before losing to first-time Masters 1000 winner Stanislas Wawrinka. His 28-5 record overall this season boosted him back to No. 4 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.
Federer was supposed to take part in the Madrid Open, but opted to stay behind with his pregnant wife, who soon after gave birth to another set of twins. He revealed on Monday morning that he was in Rome and ready to take part in the tournament.
The Swiss No. 2 has a chance to win some valuable ranking points at this event, as he lost in the second round of the event last year to Kei Nishikori as the defending champion.
France’s Jeremy Chardy defeated Netherlands’ Robin Haase in the first round in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 and will now face Roger Federer, who has a bye in the first round. Joking about Federer being tired after the new additions to his family, Chardy said, “I’m hoping that maybe since he now has four kids, he might be a little tired”.
This marks the second time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Federer leading the head-to-head series 1-0. The Swiss No. 2 won their earlier encounter, which took place in the semi-final round of the Brisbane International event.
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