Roger Federer knocked out of Rome Masters by Dominic Thiem

first_imgRoger Federer suffered a shock defeat at the Rome Masters as he was beaten by Dominic Thiem in straight sets.Federer, who regained the world number two spot on Monday, lost 7-6 6-4 to his 15th-ranked opponent.The Swiss superstar will now give up that world number two ranking to Andy Murray – which perhaps crucially will make the Scot second seed for the French Open, which begins later this month.Federer and Thiem shared a close-fought opening set which went to a tie-break.But the breaker was completely one-sided, with Federer – who has only just returned to the game after suffering back problems – winning just two points and looking far from his best.The Austrian then broke early in the second set, and held on comfortably thereafter – losing just five points on his serve throughout the entire second set. He earned three match points on his own serve at 5-4, and while nerves kicked in on the first of them – which he double faulted – he then smashed down a thundering ace to wrap up victory over a player 12 years his senior.Thiem will play Richard Gasquet or Kei Nishikori in the quarter-finals.In the concurrent women’s event, third seed Garbine Muguruza made it safely into the quarter-finals with a straight sets win over Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img

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