Smooth sailing for Federer, Radwanska out
Roger Federer braved duststorm conditions to blow past Argentine Carlos Berlocq 6-3, 6-4 and open his week with a second-round victory at the Rome Masters on Wednesday.sports Updated: May 17, 2012 00:47 IST
Roger Federer braved duststorm conditions to blow past Argentine Carlos Berlocq 6-3, 6-4 and open his week with a second-round victory at the Rome Masters on Wednesday.
The world No 2 with four titles this season - including two of the first three Masters 1000 honours of 2012 - came good on his hope of playing in Rome the week after winning in difficult conditions on and off court on the controversial slick blue clay of Madrid.
The Swiss third seed will next play Spanish veteran Juan Carlos Ferrero, champion here 11 years ago. Federer beat Ferrero in a 2003 semifinal in Rome.
In women's play, China's Li Na moved to the fourth round as third seed Agnieszka Radwanska lost to only her third different opponent of the season. Eighth seed Li beat Iveta Benesova with ease, 6-1, 7-5, but Czech Petra Cetkovska caught Poland's Radwanska with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 loss.
Li will face the winner from New Zealand's Marina Erakovic and South African Chanelle Scheepers.
Bulgaria's number-two tennis player Dimitar Kutrovsky has been banned for two years for doping, the Bulgarian Tennis Federation said Wednesday in Sofia.
First Published: May 17, 2012 00:45 IST