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Blue Or Red, Result Is The Same For Federer

Rome, Italy

Federer© Getty ImagesRoger Federer is a two-time finalist in Rome.

Roger Federer began his quest to win the Internazionali BNL d’Italia for the first time with a confident 6-4, 6-3 victory over Argentine Carlos Berlocq Wednesday in Rome. Federer, who last week won a record-tying 20th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title on blue clay in Madrid, will next face fellow former World No. 1 and 2001 Rome champion Juan Carlos Ferrero.

Federer dropped just six points on his first serve and was broken once in the 70-minute match.

The Swiss entered Rome at No. 2 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings, having overtaken Rafael Nadal following his Madrid triumph. "I have a good win under my belt and I might be No. 3 next week, but that doesn't matter for me and Rafa," he said. "I know it is an interesting time right now and that there is a lot to talk about rankings. I know that I have a shot until the US Open with the [No. 1 South African Airways ATP] Rankings and you will see."

Joining Federer in the third round is 10th seed Juan Martin del Potro. The 6’ 6” Argentine set a big-hitting showdown with Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga after a 6-4, 6-2 win over Mikhail Youzhny. Del Potro, who reached the semi-finals in Madrid last week, saved the lone break point he faced.

"I am confident with my game at the moment and am looking forward to the season and I want to have a good Roland Garros," he said.

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In a good day for the seeds, No. 7 Tomas Berdych, No. 12 Nicolas Almagro and No. 14 Juan Monaco also advanced.

Berdych, who reached the Madrid final last week, broke serve four times in a 6-4, 6-1 win over Poland's Lukasz Kubot. Almagro broke big-serving American qualifier Sam Querrey five times in a 7-5, 6-2 win.

Juan Monaco, playing his first tournament since injuring his ankle in Monte-Carlo, enjoyed a 6-4, 6-2 win over Czech veteran Radek Stepanek. Before his injury Monaco was playing arguably the best tennis of his career, reaching the semi-finals of the Sony Open Tennis in Miami and winning the US Men's Clay Court Championships title in Houston.

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