Switzerland's Roger Federer wipes his face during his match against Dominic Thiem of Austria during the ATP Tennis Open tournament at the Foro Italico, on May 12, 2016 in Rome. / AFP / TIZIANA FABI
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Swiss third seed Roger Federer's Rome Masters bid ended with a 7-6 (2), 6-4 third round defeat to Austrian 13th seed Dominic Thiem Thursday.Federer, who withdrew last week from Madrid with back pain, admitted Wednesday he had been surprised to get past second round opponent Alexander Zverev in straight sets.Rome marks only the fourth tournament of the season for Federer, who underwent knee surgery in early February, the first operation of his career. The 17-time Grand Slam champion only decided to face Thiem at the last minute on Central Court, and the Austrian capitalized to finish off an obviously ailing Federer in 1 hour 18 minutes.Federer said his outlook has all changed in the "last couple of weeks" and added: "The way I'm playing right now is not going to be good enough for a good run in Paris.
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