The 37-year-old, Roger Federer has arrived in the Italian Capital of the Rome Masters 2019. After his loss on Friday in Madrid, the very next day, Roger Federer announced about him continuing with the European clay court tour in Rome.
As and when the Italian Tennis Federation was informed about Roger Federer playing in their town, the organizers of the tournament had doubled the ticket prices on the day when Federer will be seen in action.
The president of the tournament mentioned, “We have doubled the price of tickets for Wednesday, the day Federer will play. We want to reward fans who had bought tickets before they knew Federer would play”.
The Swiss legend, Roger Federer was asked about the federation’s decision of raising the prices and he mentioned that he was disgruntled upon learning the trading schemes of the Italian Tennis Federation.
“Disappointing,” he said. “They made it in a way like they rewarded the fans who bought tickets earlier? Which is sort of strange, but okay. I just really hope it doesn’t take away the fact I’m really happy to be here.”
Federer will be seen in action tomorrow on the Centre Court of the Foro Italico against the victor of Frances Tiafoe and Jaoa Sousa. He has never won this title before but has made it to the finals thrice.
In the present era of tennis, only Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are multiple-time champions in Rome, both have won the Italian Masters crown eight times and four times respectively in their careers. Rafa remains the defending champion of the Italian Open, however, he is yet to open his ATP title account for the tennis season 2019. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are projected to meet in the semifinals of the Italian Open 2019.
Roger Federer last stepped on the courts Lazio region three years ago and over there he surrendered to Dominic Thiem in straight sets in the third round. Last week, Federer got effaced by Thiem in Madrid after facing a couple of match points in the quarterfinal encounter.