Yesterday, played after the close Of the three-set Thriller against Dominic Thiem(6:3, 6:7, 4:6) Roger Federer already thinking of next week in Rome. “Maybe I’ll play next week in Rome,” he says after the “frustrating” Out in Madrid.

A day later, the “Maestro” on his Instagram page reported exactly that. Madrid has probably made the mood more, Federer in Rome – back on the Sand.

“I feel good on clay,” said Federer yesterday against ATP. The last appearance in the Italian capital is already three years, at the time, Federer fails in the eighth-final to the same opponents on Friday – Dominic Thiem.

In Rome, the Basel starts thanks to a free wireless in round 2. There he meets Frances Tiafoe (ATP 37) or Joao Sousa (ATP 75). (jsl)