ROME (AP) — Roger Federer opened his clay-court season with a rare doubles victory at the Rome Masters.
Federer never dropped serve and showed off effective volleying skills in his first match inside the new 10,500-seat stadium at the Foro Italico.
Federer and Allegro will face sixth-seeded Simon Aspelin of Sweden and Paul Hanley of Australia.
Federer isn't a stranger to doubles. He won gold in doubles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics
In singles, Federer will open against 40th-ranked Ernests Gulbis on Tuesday.