Roger Federer takes on Dominic Thiem in the men's singles third round clash of the Rome Masters on Thursday (12 May).
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Roger Federer will be treating the Rome Masters as preparation for the upcoming French Open at Roland Garros, and will be keen to go as far as possible in the tournament. The world number two is coming off a minor back injury that kept him out of the Madrid Masters. But despite missing the event, he has risen to second in the rankings following Andy Murray's failure to defend the crown he won last year.
The Swiss Maestro is coming into the game on the back of a convincing straight victory over highly rated Alexander Zverev, and will be favourite to progress against the world number 15. Federer has had an injury-blighted campaign and is playing in only his fourth event of the year and is yet to win his first title.
Thiem, meanwhile, has won two ATP tour titles thus far and made the Round of 16 in each of the three Masters Series tournaments thus far. The Austrian, who turned pro in 2011, achieved his highest ranking of world number 13 in March this year, but has since dropped two places.
Betting odds (betfair)
- Roger Federer to win: 5/11
- Dominic Thiem to win: 6/4
The duo faced each other on one occasion at the Brisbane International, where Federer won in straight sets.
Rome Masters history
Federer and Thiem are yet to play each other at the Rome Masters.