Roger Federer now has a clearer path to a clay court title at this week’s Internazionali BNL d’Italia aka Masters Series Roma after Rafael Nadal was taken out by former World No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero 7-5, 6-1 in the second round.
David Ferrer‘s also out, as is Guillermo Canas and David Nalbandian (part of that cabal who chipped at Roger’s confidence in 2007, though these two are stronger on hardcourts). I think the only person who can currently pose a threat is Nicolas Almagro. Do y’all agree?
The longer Roger stays in the draw, though, the higher the likelihood that we’ll see more practice shirts. For now, he’s used two:
Nice yellow bandana from Nike to go with his ringer tee.
This second one has two perpendicular white lines mimicking those of a tennis court. There’s also a graphic on the back of the shirt, but I can’t find a photo that shows it off properly…
(photos via MTF)