'Raemon gave some information'

Thiemo plays Filippo Volandri in the first round of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia. The 22-year old Dutchman has received some information about his opponent. Coach Raemon Sluiter met the Italian twice in 2003 and 2004.

Sluiter won’t be along Thiemo during the Italian clay event because of other obligations, but a quick phone call was easy. “I don’t know Volandri that well. I believe he has a strong backhand, but I got most of my information from Raemon. So that gives me a better insight of him”, told De Bakker in the Italian capital.

He has recovered from his matches in Madrid. “I feel fresh mentally and physical, so let’s give it all the coming week.” Mats Merkel of the Adidas Player Development Program will coach Thiemo partial during the masters tournament in Rome.