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Rome Masters 2016 schedule for Wednesday, May 11 - Djokovic, Federer to take court today

Suneer Chowdhary in ATP 10 May 2016
Novak Djokovic will be in action today. (credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The second round of matches from the 2016 Rome Masters will be live on Wednesday, May 11 with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic heading the draw.

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The Swiss third seed will take on Alexander Zverev of Germany in the first match of the afternoon at the center court. Federer had a bye in the first round. He last competed at the Monte Carlo Masters where he exited at the quarterfinal.

The former world number one has played in just three tournaments this year. He started with a finals defeat at the Brisbane International and was knocked out of the semi-finals at the Australian Open by Djokovic.

Zverev had been in action against Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov in the first round here. The German did well to defeat his adversary in straight sets following a semi-final appearance at the ATP Munich. This will be the first career meeting between these two men.

Djokovic will be in action against French qualifier Stephane Robert following a bye in the first round. The top seed won the Madrid Masters by defeating Andy Murray in the final on Sunday following a second round exit from the Monte Carlo Masters. He had won the Indian Wells Masters and the Miami Masters prior to that.

Robert defeated Paul-Henri Mathieu and Matteo Donati in the qualifiers before taking down Aljaz Bedene of Great Britain in straight sets. The victory was not as straight forward with the Frenchman winning both sets via tie-breakers. These two have not met before either but the Serbian starts as the favourite.

Ladies fifth seed Petra Kvitova will play Madison Keys of the USA in the final fixture of the evening at the center court. Kvitova had exited at the third round at the Madrid Masters but had a bye in the first round here. Keys tamed Andrea Petkovic in straight sets in the first round here. Kvitova has a 2-1 advantage in the overall head-to-heads and should start as the favourite.

Rafael Nadal, the fifth seeded Spaniard will be up against Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber in the evening as well. Kohlschreiber defeated Inigo Cervantes in the first round in straight sets here while Nadal had a bye.

The Spaniard was beaten by Andy Murray in the semi-finals of the Madrid Masters last week after enjoying back-to-back title successes at the Monte Carlo Masters and the ATP Barcelona.

Nadal has an enviable record on the clay court and is slowly getting back to his best. 14 previous meetings have yielded 13 wins for Nadal and the Spaniard is the overwhelming favourite to make the third round on Wednesday.

Here's the 2016 Madrid Masters of Play for Wednesday, May 11:

Center Court 

Starting at: 12:00 pm
Roger Federer (SUI) [3] v Alexander Zverev (GER)
Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] v [Q] Stephane Robert (FRA)
Johanna Konta (GBR) v Roberta Vinci (ITA) [7] 
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) v Rafael Nadal (ESP) [5] 
Petra Kvitova (CZE) [5] v Madison Keys (USA)


Starting at: 11:00 am
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) v Garbine Muguruza (ESP) [3] 
Joso Sousa (POR) v Dominic Thiem (AUT) [13] 
[Q] Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) v Andy Murray (GBR) [2] 
Daria Gavrilova (RUS) v Simona Halep (ROU) [6] 
Guillermo Garcia Lopez (ESP) v [Q] Filippo Volandri (ITA) or David Ferrer (ESP) [9] 


Starting at: 11:00 am
Victoria Azarenka (BLR) [4] v Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) 
Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) v Angelique Kerber (GER) [2] 
Richard Gasquet (FRA) [11] v Andreas Seppi (ITA) 
Milos Raonic (CAN) [10] v Nick Kyrgios (AUS) 
Timea Babos (HUN) v Venus Williams (USA) [12] 

Court 1 

Starting at: 11:00 am
[Q] Heather Watson (GBR) v Barbora Strycova (CZE)
[Q] Christina McHale (USA) v Ana Ivanovic (SRB) [13] 
Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) [9] v Samantha Stosur (AUS) 
Lucie Safarova (CZE) [10] v Misaki Doi (JPN)

Court 2 

Starting at: 11:00 am
[Q] Monica Puig (PUR) v Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) 
Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) v Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) [11] 
Nicolas Mahut (FRA) v Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) 
Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) [15] or [WC] Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) v Jeremy Chardy (FRA)
[Alt] Dominic Inglot (GBR)/Fabrice Martin (FRA) v Olvier Marach (AUT)/Marcin Matkowski (POL)

Court 4 

Starting at: 11:00 am
[Q] Mariana Duque-Marino (COL) v Daria Kasatkina (RUS)
Steve Johnson (USA)/Sam Querrey (USA) v Bob Bryan (USA)/Mike Bryan (USA) [5] 
Vasek Pospisil (CAN)/Jack Sock (USA) [8] v Treat Huey (PHI)/Max Mirnyi (BLR) 
Jamie Murray (GBR)/Bruno Soares (BRA) [4] v Dominic Thiem (AUT)/Alexander Zverev (GER)
Pablo Cuevas (URU)/Marcel Granollers (ESP) or Juan Sebastian Cabal (COL)/Robert Farah (COL) v Jean-Julien Rojer (NED)/Horia Tecau (ROU) [3] 

Court 6 

Starting at: 11:00 am
Raquel Atawo (USA)/Abigail Spears (USA) v Chen Liang (CHN)/Yafan Wang (CHN)
[WC] Karin Knapp (ITA)/Francesca Schiavone (ITA) v Julia Goerges (GER)/Karolina Pliskova (CZE) [8] 
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS)/Elena Vesnina (RUS) [7] v Kiki Bertens (NED)/Johanna Larsson (SWE)
Rohan Bopanna (IND)/Florin Mergea (ROU) [6] v Benoit Paire (FRA)/Joao Sousa (POR) 
Martina Hingis (SUI)/Sania Mirza (IND) [1] v Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE)/Oksana Kalashnikova (GEO)

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