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Philipp Kohlschreiber

Federer wins comfortably after last-minute decision to play

Roger Federer put his full array of shots on display in a 6-3, 7-5 win over Alexander Zverev on Wednesday in the second round of the Italian Open, an encouraging performance considering he only decided to play moments before stepping onto the court.

"I was expecting to lose in straight sets today. That was the mindset going in, so to win in straights is actually a really big surprise to me," said Federer, who has been having problems with his back. "I played cautious, and I only decided after the warmup that I was actually going to play."

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and seven-time Rome champion Rafael Nadal also advanced in straight sets on the...

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