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Federer stunned in Rome


Roger Federer last night lost in straight sets to wildcard Filippo Volandri in the third round of the Rome Masters.

Federer was not the only big name to exit in the third round with Andy Roddick also going out after losing to Juan Ignacio Chela.

But it is Federer's exit that is most interesting. When I saw him lose the first game of the match I just thought he would come back but as the match went on he committed so many errors and local favourite Volandri took advantage of that.

This was Federer's fourth loss of the year and one more loss would equal the number of losses suffered in the whole of the last year and we are still in May.

I think this is not the right form for Federer going into the French Open which starts later this month. Meanwhile Rafael Nadal despite suffering from dizzy spells won his 74th consecutive clay court match to set up a quarter-final date with Novak Djokovic.

And for those who were waiting for another Nadal/Federer match up on clay will have to wait a bit longer.

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