Joao Sousa vs. Roger Federer
|Date & Time||Thursday May 16, 2019, 5:30 AM (EDT)|
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Roger Federer has returned to the clay season and he will be playing at the Italian Open. Federer will begin his campaign in the second round where he will play against Joao Sousa from Portugal.
Joao Sousa won his previous match in 3 sets as he defeated Frances Tiafoe from the United States. It was a very close match for Sousa as the final 2 sets were both decided by tiebreakers. During the win, Sousa served well as he won 64% of his service points which allowed him to win 88% of his service games. Sousa also won 4 return games, to sum up, a solid performance. This is going to be a much tougher player Sousa as he is playing an elite opponent in Roger Federer.
Federer received a bye in the opening round due to his high seeding. Roger Federer made his clay court return at the Madrid Masters where he made the quarterfinals before being beaten by Dominic Thiem. Federer ended the hard court season very strongly as he won the Miami Masters but it seemed that the Swiss superstar was struggling on clay. Roger Federer has had an outstanding career but he has never won the Italian Open. Federer has made the final of this tournament on 4 occasions but he has never won the title. This should ensure that Federer will very determined to win this tournament.
Roger Federer and Joao Sousa have played each other once in the past. The match was won by Roger Federer in 3 sets.
Looking at this fixture, I am going to pick Roger Federer to win this match. Sousa has looked in good form and Federer has struggled on clay but I still see the Swiss master being too strong. Federer is an elite tennis player and he should be too good for his opponent in this match.