Federer wins opening match in Rome

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Roger Federer is through to round 3 at the International BNL d’Italia in Rome after beating Argentine Carlos Berlocq 6-3  6-4.

The Swiss, who won last week’s Madrid Masters, struck early in the first set, breaking the Argentine to love to take a 2-0 lead. Berlocq had a double chance to get the break back in game 7, but Federer held and after two more games he captured the set.

Berlocq played a slightly better second set. Despite dropping the serve to go 2-3 down, he managed to take Federer’s in the very next game and get back into the match. However, the Swiss maestro stepped up a gear and after breaking Berlocq in the 9th game, he closed out the match with his own serve.

Just like in Madrid, Federer tried to stay aggressive, looking for shots inside the baseline and putting some pressure on his opponent. He will surely be satisfied with today’s performance, hitting 24 winners and converting 3 out of 4 break point opportunities.

Federer’s next opponent will be Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero, who defeated no.13 seed Frenchman Gael Monfils 7-5  6-3 in yesterday’s match.

Also through to the next round is 14th seeded Argentine Juan Monaco after eliminating Radek Stepanek of Czech Republic 6-4  6-2.

Monaco will play world no.1 and defending champion Djokovic next.

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