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Federer not the least bit concerned after loss in Rome

Roger Federer was not concerned about losing to 15th-ranked Dominic Thiem 7-6 (2), 6-4 in the third round of the Italian Open on Thursday.

After withdrawing from last week's Madrid Open with lower back pain, Federer was just glad he was able to play two matches on the clay in Rome.

"It doesn't matter how I played. (What is) important is that I didn't have any setbacks and I was able to step on the tennis court and that I tried what I could with what I had," said Federer, who defeated German teenager Alexander Zverev in straight sets on Wednesday.

"I knew I wasn't good enough for any result here, so that's why I hope you don't read into it so much, and I...

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