Federer, who plays his opening match on Wednesday, said he
had decided to compete in Rome after talking to his wife, Mirka,
who gave birth to their second set of twins last week.
"They all said I should quickly come and play here," said world
number four Federer, who had been expected to miss Rome after
pulling out of last week's Madrid Open to be present at the
birth of his sons.
"So I was, like, 'OK, if you don't want me around I'll go
Djokovic, the second seed, missed the Madrid Open through injury
but appeared in good condition on his return to action.
The Serb, watched by new coach Boris Becker, dropped serve three
times but was still too strong for his Czech opponent.
He will play German Philipp Kohlschreiber or Spain's Tommy
Robredo in the last 16.
Rafa Nadal and Andy Murray will join Federer in action on
(Writing by Stephen Wood; editing by Toby Davis)
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