World No. 1 Roger Federer insisted he was not worried by his second round defeat to Ernests Gulbis at the ATP Rome Masters and said it might even help him.
Federer began well in his first clay court match of the season but his game totally deserted him as he suffered a shock 2-6, 6-1, 7-5 defeat to the 40th ranked 21-year-old Latvian.
But the Swiss master seemed relaxed when talking about his match afterwards and even suggested that such a defeat isn’t a bad thing.
“It is easier to take because I’m used to winning so much so that sometimes when you get a loss ... You can’t always win and sometimes it takes a loss to wake up and sort of shake your mind up and think about how you’re going to approach next week,” he said.
Nadal opens with easy win in Rome
Rafael Nadal opened his bid for a fifth Rome Masters title with a quick 6-1, 6-3 win over Philipp Kohlschreiber on Wednesday.
Having withdrawn from last week's Barcelona Open, Nadal appeared fresh and was able to dictate play with his usual combination of heavy topspin, few unforced errors and a multiple of baseline winners.
Kuznetsova wins, Ivanovic crashes out
Svetlana Kuznetosva started her title defence at the Porsche Grand Prix with a 6-1, 6-2 demolition of Katarina Srebotnik.
Former world No 1 Ana Ivanovic of Serbia defeated Polish fifth seed Agnieska Radwanska, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4.
Bopanna-Qureshi in Tunis Open quarters
Top seeded pair of Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi advanced to the doubles quarterfinals of the ATP Tunis Open in Tunisia after a getting a walkover from Theirry Ascione and Arnaud Clement in the first round.