Rain delays Federer's Rome return as play cancelled

Roger Federer will look more like the New Zealand cricket team than a tennis player. Pic Getty

Roger Federer will look more like the New Zealand cricket team than a tennis player. Pic GettyMore

It was a ideal storm, so to speak, because almost all the tournament's top draws-Roger Federer, Naomi Osaka, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, to name a few-were scheduled to begin their tournaments on Wednesday.

"I was in the mood to play", Federer said on Tuesday after a practice session on the Foro Italico's Campo Centrale.

He fell in the quarter-finals on Friday to Dominic Thiem, but twice held match point and for a set and a half was dominant against a player considered among the favourites for Roland Garros after Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

"That's obviously disappointing to hear", said Federer. "I thought that would be nice", Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) quoted Federer as saying.

Roger Federer labelled the Italian Open ticket policy "strange" after some fans were left upset by rising prices.

Federer added: "I just really hope it doesn't take away the fact I'm really happy to be here".

"And I'm like, 'What are you talking about?' I literally played this way when I beat you the other previous times and nothing changed, nothing changed. I mean, my excitement couldn't be bigger".

The poor conditions also mean last week's victor in Madrid Novak Djokovic and reigning Rome champion Rafael Nadal also have to be crammed into a packed schedule.

"Madrid is a tough place to play".

Speaking in the wake of his excellent win on clay over Russia's Daniil Medvedev in Rome this week, Kyrgios also admitted that the week of the Mexican Open in Acapulco in March this year, where he won the title over Alexander Zverev, that he had gone out partying every night and was going to bed at 4:30am. Sousa has looked in good form and Federer has struggled on clay but I still see the Swiss master being too strong.

"But, again, this is maybe also just a moment in time".

"I'm like, "Bra, I did 12 years at school, you idiot".

"He's an unbelievable player, he's a champion of the sport; one of the greatest we'll ever see".

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