Switzerland's Martina Hingis may be making good progress at the WTA Berlin open. The same can't be said for the country's men in Rome, after both Roger Federer and Marc Rosset went out in the first round of the city's ATP tournament on Tuesday night.
World-ranked 51, Federer was defeated by the Ukrainian Andrei Medvedev, who is ranked 25. After losing the first set to Federer, 3-6, Medvedev bounced back and turned the score around, taking the second set 6-3, and the third 7-5.
It's the third time in a row Federer has gone out in the opening round of a tournament. Rome was a repeat of recent experiences in Monte Carlo and Barcelona.
Marc Rosset, ranked 43, went out to the world number 24, Mark Philippoussis. The Australian is something of a nemesis for Rosset: in four meetings, the Geneva player has only managed to get the better of him once.
Rosset went down fighting this time. After losing the first set 3-6, he took the second 6-1. In a hard-fought third, Philippoussis beat him 7-6 to take the match.
swissinfo with agencies