‘In the mood’: Roger Federer seeks more clay matches in Rome

Roger Federer causes Rome ticket prices to double

Roger Federer causes Rome ticket prices to double

He added Rome as a late addition to his schedule to get more accustomed to the style of play which will be required at the French Open, which begins a week from Sunday.

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

This is going to be a much tougher player Sousa as he is playing an elite opponent in Roger Federer.

"I'm pumped up to play well". I felt like playing somewhat maybe more sea level conditions would be good for me.

A potential quarter-final awaits against either Stefanos Tsitsipas, the eighth seed, who beat Nadal in the Madrid semi-finals, or Italian 10th seed Fabio Fognini, the Monte Carlo victor.

"I'm so far away in the draw", Federer said of a possible semifinal matchup with his longtime rival.

Federer is a four-time runner-up at the Italian Open, which he's never won, making it one of the few significant trophies he hasn't claimed. Federer came back to clay in the Spanish capital after skipping two seasons to better prepare for the summer grass tournaments in 2017 and 2018.

Federer had initially planned to play only in Madrid before Roland Garros.

Twenty-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer has criticised Italian Open organisers for doubling ticket prices after it was confirmed he would play. That's obviously disappointing to hear.

"They made it in a way like they rewarded the fans who bought tickets earlier, which is sort of odd".

However, Federer found the explanation hard to swallow. It was a very close match for Sousa as the final 2 sets were both decided by tiebreakers. It's going to be interesting to see who is going to make the World Tour Finals, especially if so many guys have won especially big titles, like Fabio in Monaco.

"Always enjoyed playing in Italy". "Coming down from Switzerland to the clay courts was always a logical junior trip". Federer ended the hard court season very strongly as he won the Miami Masters but it seemed that the Swiss superstar was struggling on clay.

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