Switzerland's Roger Federer serves to Germany's Alexander Zverev during the ATP Tennis Open tournament at the Foro Italico, on May 11, 2016 in Rome. / AFP / TIZIANA FABI
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Roger Federer joined Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray in reaching the third round of the Rome Masters on Wednesday with the Swiss admitting that he was fully expecting to lose against Alexander Zverev.Top seed Djokovic and number two Murray produced no-drama victories, with the Serb beating Stephane Robert 7-5, 7-5 while Murray put out Kazakh Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3, 6-3 .Federer is playing here for the 16th time as he seeks his first Rome title. The Swiss has finished runner-up four times, most recently last year against Djokovic.Federer broke for 4-2 on his way to collecting the opening set in 28 minutes.The Swiss then earned a break in the third game of the second set but then lost serve for 2-all.The veteran broke back on his fourth opportunity in the 11th game for a 6-5 lead and finished off the welcome win a game later, a drop shot setting up two match points with Zverev driving wide on the first.
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