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Tennis: No joy on court for new daddy Federer as he falls to Chardy in second round

Published on May 14, 2014 11:33 PM

ROME (AFP) - Jeremy Chardy caught new father Roger Federer on the hop at a wind-blown ATP-WTA Rome Masters on Wednesday, winning their second round tie 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6). The upset loss, in just over two hours, came barely a week after the 32-year-old Federer became father to his second set of twins.

The fourth-seeded Swiss, who has never won the Rome title, decided to come and have a go on the clay of the Foro Italico anyway after consulting with wife Mirka and his team. With him in Rome was part-time coaching consultant Stefan Edberg. Conditions were brutal for a match played amid great bursts of red clay blowing regularly through the air.

Federer swept the opening set but began to fade in the second as a charged-up Chardy made his move.

In other play, Andy Murray took revenge for a loss a year ago as he defeated Marcel Granollers to open with a 6-2, 7-5 victory into the third round. The Spaniard had benefited in 2013 when the Scot had to quit their second-round contest with the back pains which eventually drove him to surgery last autumn.

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