Rain wipes out Wednesday's play at Italian Open - Italianmedia

Roger Federer reveals Madrid struggles 'It's a tough place to play in'

Roger Federer reveals Madrid struggles 'It's a tough place to play in'

Federer was going to open the programme at center court against Portuguese Joao Sousa but heavy rains, which are expected to continue until night, delayed the match.

Kyrgios was speaking with New York Times tennis writer Ben Rothenberg on the No Challenges Remaining podcast, giving an absorbing and wide-ranging 50-minute discussion, with his unfiltered opinions on other players utterly remarkable.

"Every time I've beaten him. when he wins, it's fine. And he's super salty", he said.

When questioned Federer expressed sympathy, while stopping short of a full blown condemnation: 'I heard some fans clearly were not happy about it. He hoped that Federer's participation in the event would excite additional interest and lead to a good atmosphere an better turnout. And then Uncle Toni (Nadal) came out saying, "He lacks education". I'm like, 'Bra [brother], I did 12 years at school, you idiot.

"I'm very happy to be here".

In it Kyrgios acknowledged he did the "least work of anyone on tour", hinted that tennis had taken him to some "dark places", and said there was "no chance" that he would ever be able to become a player who performed consistently. I just hope that person's going to be hard-working, excited, and understands it's a very important role.

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"I felt like playing somewhat maybe more sea level conditions would be good for me", Federer said.

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"This whole celebration thing that he does after matches, it's like so cringeworthy".

The 20-time Grand Slam victor had reached the finals of Italian Open in 2003, 2006, 2013 and 2015.

He gave no apologies for hitting back at spectators who give him a hard time during matches.

"Guy's like that, they drive me insane. Do this for me, do this for me, I won't say hello to you, I'm too important".

The circumstances give players who have already advanced to the third round, like Coric, a huge advantage, given the unavoidable physical strain their opponents will endure in their first matches.

"Guys like that. See how angry I'm getting?"

Kyrgios, who has thrilled fans with the purity of his tennis and alienated some by flouting the game's conventions, plays Norway's Casper Ruud in the second round of the Rome Masters later on Thursday.

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