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Rome Masters 2016 live on Thursday, May 12 - Djokovic, Federer, Murray, Serena in action today

Suneer Chowdhary in ATP 12 May 2016
Novak Djokovic takes court today in Rome. (credit: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

The 2016 Rome Masters continues on Thursday with Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer & Andy Murray leading the draw.

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First up on court on Thursday will be Federer, the third seed, who is still struggling with his injury issues. He will be up against Austria's Dominic Thiem, a player he has played just once before this and won that encounter earlier this year in Brisbane.

However, with Federer openly admitting his under-par fitness meant he expected to lose in straight sets last match, it means it could be a struggle against his Austrian opponent. Thiem won his opener against Alexandr Dolgopolov in three sets before crushing Joao Sousa in straight sets to set up this match-up.

Top women's seed Serena Williams faces fellow American player Christina McHale in what will also be their second meeting. Williams, who defeated Anna-Lena Friedsam in straight sets in her previous match, has had her own fitness issues, and will be wary against an opponent who needed to win a couple of matches to make it to the main draw where she has already sent a seeded player in Ana Ivanovic packing out of the competition.

The fifth seeded Rafael Nadal will face Aussie Nick Kyrgios in his third round match. Nadal was knocked out in the semi-final at the Madrid Masters last week and faces a huge challenge from the in-form and temperamental but rising star, Kyrgios in his bid to make it to the last eight. 

Top seeded Novak Djokovic should not have too many troubles in getting the better of the Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci when the two meet later today while the second seeded Andy Murray will hope his split from his coach Amelie Mauresmo doesn't affect him too much this week as he plays Jeremy Chardy later in the day.

The fourth seeded Stanislas Wawrinka will take on Argentine Juan Monaco, sixth seeded Kei Nishikori will be up against the 11th seeded Richard Gasquet while the eighth seeded Tomas Berdych faces David Goffin in their respective matches on the day.

Here's the 2016 Madrid Masters of Play for Thursday, May 12:

Center Court 

Starting at: 12:00 pm
Roger Federer (SUI) [3] v Dominic Thiem (AUT)
Serena Williams (USA) [1] v [Q] Christina McHale (USA) 
Nick Kyrgios (AUS) v Rafael Nadal (ESP) [5] 
Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] v Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) 
Barbora Strycova (CZE) v Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) 


Starting at: 11:00 am
Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) [8] v Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) [11] 
Richard Gasquet (FRA) [11] v Kei Nishikori (JPN) [6] 
[LL] Lucas Pouille (FRA) v Guillermo Garcia Lopez (ESP) or David Ferrer (ESP) [9] 
Petra Kvitova (CZE) [5] or Madison Keys (USA) v Timea Babos (HUN) or Venus Williams (USA) [12] 
Tomas Berdych (CZE) [8] v David Goffin (BEL) [12] 


Starting at: 11:00 am
Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) v Garbine Muguruza (ESP) [3] 
Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) [9] v Daria Gavrilova (AUS)
[PR] Juan Monaco (ARG) v Stan Wawrinka (SUI) [4] 
Jeremy Chardy (FRA) v Andy Murray (GBR) [2] 

Court 1 

Starting at: 11:00 am
Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) v Daria Kasatkina (RUS)
Lara Arruabarrena (ESP)/Sara Errani (ITA) v Andrea Hlavackova (CZE)/Lucie Hradceka (CZE) [4] 
Misaki Doi (JPN) v Johanna Konta (GBR)
[PR] Julien Benneteau (FRA)/Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) v Alexander Peya (AUT)/Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) [7] 
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)/Viktor Troicki (SRB) v Ivan Dodig (SRB)/Marcelo Melo (BRA) [2] 

Court 2 

Starting at: 11:00 am
Raquel Atawo (CAN)/Abigail Spears (USA) v Julia Goerges (GER)/Karolina Pliskova (CZE) [8] 
Caroline Garcia (FRA)/Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) [5] v Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP)/Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP)
Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU)/Monica Niculescu (ROU) v Yung-Jan Chan (TPE)/Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) [6] 
Timea Babos (HUN)/Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) [3] v [WC] Claudia Giovine (ITA)/Angelica Moratelli (ITA)

Court 4 

Starting at: 2:00 pm
Andreja Klepac (SLO)/Katarina Srebotnik (CZE) v Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA)/Lucie Safarova (CZE) [2]


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