Federer faces tough test against Safin

Federer feels the pressure against Johansson Keystone

Swiss number one Roger Federer is through to the second round of the $2.95 million Italian Open in Rome, after overcoming the Swede Thomas Johansson 7-6, 4-6, 7-6 in a hard-fought contest.

This content was published on May 8, 2001 - 23:12

Federer's next opponent will be the world number one, Russia's Marat Safin, who, despite nursing a rib injury, disposed of Sweden's Jonas Bjorkman 6-2, 3-6, 7-5.

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