It was expected but it is still bad news: Roger Federer will not be at the Masters 1000 in Rome.
Finally, the Swiss decided to extend his date of return to the circuit on clay and will not play in the Italian capital.
It remains to be seen if he will be in Madrid, the first week of May, perhaps as the only preparation for Roland Garros. Or if he will directly focus on the turf tour.
In Dubai, the Swiss had returned to the circuit after an extensive inactivity of almost a year and a half without playing. The current world No. 7 in the ranking achieved a victory against Daniel Evans and was defeated in the next round by Nikoloz Basilashvili.