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Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal reach third round of Italian Open

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Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal reach third round of Italian Open



Top seed Novak Djokovic and defending champion Rafael Nadal reached the third round of the Italian Open after securing respective wins of their second-round matches of the continued match.

On Wednesday, Djokovic dispatched Italian wild card entry Salvatore Caruso 6-3, 6-2 to proceed along with his quest for a fifth Rome title and arrange a third-round in opposition to countryman Filip Krajinovic.

“It was a very good test for me. I’m very pleased with the way I handled myself in important moments,” mentioned Djokovic as per the ATP Tour web site. “I was in control of the match. I served well when I needed to come up with a big serve and moved well. I constructed the points as the clay courts demand, because it’s obviously completely different surface in terms of building the point tactically. Everything went well. I’m very pleased.”

On the opposite hand, Nadal made a welcome return to the ATP Tour as he outclassed fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 6-1, 6-1 in his first tour-level match for 200 days.

“It’s good to be back on the Tour,” mentioned Nadal, in an on-court interview. “I miss the crowds. I played a good match, maybe he was a little bit tired after all his matches in New York. It was a perfect start for me. It was solid, (and I hit) good shots on the forehand and backhand. I didn’t expect to play that well.”

The Spaniard will subsequent play No. 13 seed Milos Raonic or Dusan Lajovic within the third round.

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