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.”
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.