Fed strolls to victory; IN BRIEF.
The Swiss, who suffered a shock defeat to Japan's Kei Nishikori in Madrid, bounced back to defeat Starace 6-1 6-2. Federer, who has never won the title in Rome, admitted he chose his moments to serve and volley on the clay court to stroll to an easy win over Starace.
He said: "What I've been working on, it seems like it's working."
In the women's event, top seed Serena Williams avenged a defeat by Laura Robson over older sister Venus with a straight-sets win.