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Roger Federer playing in Italian Open

Roger Federer hasn't played since the Monte Carlo Masters. (Didier Baverel/Getty Images) Roger Federer hasn't played since the Monte Carlo Masters. (Didier Baverel/Getty Images)

ROME -- Roger Federer sent a tweet to confirm his arrival in Rome for this week's Italian Open. Federer's participation was in doubt after he withdrew from the Madrid Open last week to be with his wife Mirka after the birth of their twin sons.

On Monday, Federer thanked his fans on Twitter for their congratulatory messages and then added, "Oh and btw ciao tutti, I just arrived in bella Italia! Looking forward to Rome."

Now ranked No. 4, Federer is defending finalist points in Rome, where he lost in last year's final to Rafael Nadal. He will open his tournament against Jeremy Chardy.

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