ROME - Samantha Stosur has upset Germany's Sabine Lisicki to move into the second round of the Rome Masters.
Stosur beat 15th-seeded Wimbledon finalist 6-3 6-33 yesterday.
Meanwhile, in the men's competition, in-form Japanese tennis player Kei Nishikori withdrew as expected from the Rome Masters with the lower back complaint that forced him to pull out in the third set of Sunday's Madrid final with Rafael Nadal.
In a boost to the organisers Roger Federer, who missed the majority of the Madrid Masters after his wife gave birth to twin boys, decided to play in the Masters event, which he has never won.
"Oh and btw ciao tutti, I just arrived in bella Italia! Looking forward to Rome," the Swiss tweeted after a mid-day arrival in the Italian capital. Federer hit the practice courts to begin preparations for a second-round match against French journeyman Jeremy Chardy, while Nadal also arrived to prepare his bid for an eighth title at the Foro Italico.
The Spaniard will open play against talented Frenchman Gilles Simon, who beat local wild card Filippo Volandri 6-2 6-3.