Roger Federer loved his expertise on the Grandstand Stadium in Rome throughout his three-set win over Borna Coric. The Swiss mentioned: "It was very completely different. In all honesty, I've by no means even seen the court docket earlier than as a result of it's method up. You don't see it. Pietrangeli, Pallacorda prefer it was once, I performed on that one. It was good to be within the Grandstand. Situations had been tough to start with, with the shade, all that stuff, coming by. It makes it more durable to assault possibly. I actually loved my match out on Grandstand. Crowds couldn't have been extra enthusiastic. Very a lot one-way visitors. They had been all behind me, which is cool. Nevertheless it's powerful for the opponent. Borna is a superb man. I hope they cheer for him sooner or later. Then, as you mentioned, the way in which from down right here all the way in which over there, it's fairly a stroll. Then you could have the golf cart. Occasionally, that’s enjoyable. If it was like this each single sport, you're drained by the point you get to the court docket and also you're drained while you come again. It was an amazing expertise. I actually loved it. That is the type of court docket I like as a result of the crowds are shut on all sides. There usually are not these large VIP bins the place you could have half the gang sitting there. It's full. You actually hear them screaming at you. That was enjoyable."
Analyzing her win in Rome, Naomi Osaka added: "It's a bit uncommon for me as a result of I've by no means performed two rounds in someday. I feel that is the primary time. In order that was very completely different. Yeah, yesterday was just a little bit onerous as a result of, like, I didn't even follow yesterday. I wasn't actually certain what to anticipate. I used to be simply laying right here like type of sleeping, ready to see in the event that they had been going to cancel the matches. Yeah, it turned out wonderful for me ultimately. In the present day I feel actually helped my confidence as a result of final yr I didn't accomplish that nice. I imply, I gained a spherical, however then I misplaced fairly badly within the subsequent one. Positively, I used to be simply making an attempt to do higher than final yr and enhance how I play on clay. I feel simply to get a straight-set win over each of them. Cibulkova I performed in Madrid. It was actually shut, the second set. I used to be protecting that in thoughts once I was enjoying in opposition to her in the present day. Then, Michaela, I performed her on the grass. I anticipated a unique match. That's type of what I acquired. I performed — I don't know if I performed Kiki formally. I do know I've practised along with her earlier than. Yeah, she's positively enjoying very well these previous few months. Even final yr she gained Madrid. I do know she's a extremely good clay court docket participant. I'm simply going to type of be thrown into the match tomorrow, simply see what occurs.". The Japanese withdrew earlier than enjoying her quarter-final match in opposition to Kiki Bertens.