Rain is due to cause havoc at the Italian Open as the big dogs enter the competition at the second-round stage.
As part of Federer’s agreement to participate in the Rome event, the tournament organiser promised him an afternoon match.
It is highly unlikely any court will be playable after midday, so Federer has been given a rare opening slot on centre court.
The 20-time Grand Slam winner is due to get underway at 10am (BST).
But there is still a 40 per cent chance rain will disrupt his clash with Joao Sousa.
That is according to BBC weather, who report the downpour will be relentless all day.
In another rare move, world No 2 Rafael Nadal is also given a morning session and he is set to follow on from Federer.
Any impact on the opening match will then have knock-on effects.
Novak Djokovic is due to play in the evening session.
But any postponements this morning could force his match to take place on Thursday – meaning he may have to play twice in a day if he is victorious.
There are also fears Federer and Nadal may not complete their matches on Wednesday.
That could mean a scheduling nightmare for tournament officials, with the top players forced into a double-session later in the week.
According to BBC weather, the rain will only have a substantial impact on proceedings at 11am.
That will give Federer one hour to get through his tie with Sousa.
Fortunately, Thursday’s weather is looking much drier in the Italian capital, which will ease fixture congestion fears.
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