Federer beat Joao Sousa 6-4 6-3 in the second round earlier today while Coric has been quietly waiting and the Swiss feels playing a match could be an advantage.
“The interesting thing is I played today, he didn’t,” he said.
“Is that an advantage? Is that a disadvantage? I don’t know. Borna is tough.
“I lost to him a couple times last year. He played really good against me in Halle, Shanghai. Regardless of the surface, I know it’s going to be tough.”
ROGER FEDERER VS BORNA CORIC LIVE
*Federer 2-6 0-0 Coric
Federer 2-6 Coric*
Federer forehand return long, 30-15. Blistering backhand down the line from Coric brings up two set points.
And a big serve down the T gives Coric the set in 41 minutes. Excellent tennis from the Croatian.
*Federer 2-5 Coric
Nice touch by Coric to lob Federer, 15-30. Massive chance for Coric to get a set point but he puts a straight forward forehand wide.
Coric is ALL over Federer’s serve and causing problems with the returns. Federer increasingly having to come to the net.
But it is a deft drop shot winner which keeps Federer in the game. Shock here as Federer calls for a physio and gets a medical timeout.
The trainer appears to be working on Federer’s right thumb.
Federer 1-5 Coric*
Aggressive shot making from Federer gets the error from Coric. And then Coric double faults, 15-30.
Federer long with a backhand. Really sloppy mistakes, eight off his backhand so far, 40-30. And a ninth puts Coric a game away from the set.
*Federer 1-4 Coric
Federer is finally up and running. Still an uphill position from here.
Federer 0-4 Coric*
Federer puts a backhand on the run wide, 30-15. But Coric mis-hits a backhand wide, 30-all. Ace Coric.
Federer volley winner, deuce. Federer is struggling to win the baseline rallies and Coric consolidates.
*Federer 0-3 Coric
Dreadful start for Federer confirmed as he blasts a simple backhand long to go down a double break.
Coric is looking mightily impressive.
Federer 0-2 Coric*
Chance for Federer as Coric goes long with a backhand. But Coric gets back level with a well-struck forehand into the corner.
And he stays in front when Federer puts a backhand wide.
*Federer 0-1 Coric
Lovely forehand passing shot from Coric, deuce. Federer then goes wide with a forehand up the line, break point. And the Croat gets the ideal start when Federer goes wide with a backhand.
16:35: Federer and Coric are on court and warming up.
16:30: Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage of Roger Federer’s second-round clash against Borna Coric at the Italian Open.