Federer has chance to win in Rome at last

Roger Federer has won nearly everything during his magnificent 17-year. But so far the title at the Internazionali BNl d’Italia eludes him. It is one of only two Masters series gongs missing from his collection.

However he has the chance to put that right as he takes on Novak Djokovic in Sunday’s final. There was certainly enough about his quick-fire win against Stan Wawrinka on Saturday evening to suggest he could finally emerge victorious at the Foro Italico after three previous final defeats.

However Federer insists he is relaxed about the possibility of becoming a Rome winner.

“I feel like I have a chance to play for sure,” he said. “Novak is not Rafa Nadal on clay. I’ve done fairly well in the past against him. But we played here twice before and I lost both times. It’s up to me to put in a good performance.

“I feel very casual, I just like winning a title. OK, it’s Rome, it’s one I’ve never won, you may think it’s a special. But it’s not for me. It’s weird to explain, it’s just the way it is.”

Djokovic will be no easy proposition after the top seed won his 21st match in a row against David Ferrer, his first straight sets win of the tournament. It could well be a close affair with Federer leading 20-18 on the head-to-head.

The men’s final will take place on Centre Court at 4pm on Sunday. Meanwhile the doubles final between Pablo Cuevas and David Marrero and fifth seeds Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez will take place at 2.30pm on Pietrangeli.

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