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Federer alludes to Rome return after boys' birth
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FILE - In this March 16, 2014 file photo, Roger Federer of Switzerland wipes his face during the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament in Indian Wells, Calif. Federer announced on Tuesday May 6, 2014 that has withdrawn from the Madrid Open to spend more time with his family ahead of the birth of his third child. Federer's announcement means he will likely miss the Rome Masters next week. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
May 12, 2014, 7:09 am

ROME (AP) Roger Federer has alluded to a return at the Italian Open following a week off to welcome the birth of his second set of twins.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion tweeted Monday, "ciao tutti, I just arrived in bella Italia! Looking forward to Rome."

Federer's first opponent at the Foro Italico is slated to be 47th-ranked Jeremy Chardy.

Federer and wife Mirka were already parents to twin daughters when they announced the birth of twin boys, Leo and Lenny, six days ago - prompting him to withdraw from the Madrid Open.

Rome is one of only three Masters titles that Federer hasn't won, and it's the last key clay-court warmup for the French Open, which starts in two weeks.

Federer reached the Rome final for the third time last year.

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