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Rome: first meeting Thiemo against Volandri

Thiemo meets Filippo Volandri in the opening round of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia on Sunday. It is the first meeting between the Dutchman and the Italian. Volandri is the world number 80 and received a wildcard from the organization.

The Haarlem resident was supposed to play qualifiers in the Italian capital, but gained direct entry to the main draw because a few players withdrew from the masters event. It is Thiemo’s second appearance in Rome. He retired against Viktor Troicki in the first round last year.

The Thiemo-Volandri match has been scheduled as second on centre court, starting from 12:00. The winner meets Stanislas Wawrinka (14) from Switzerland or Fabio Fognini from Italy in the second round.