Rome, Italy (Sports Network) - Reigning champion Novak Djokovic and world
No. 4 Andy Murray were a pair of second-round winners Tuesday at the Italian
Open -- the fifth ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event of the year.
The world No. 1 Djokovic was broken only once in cruising past rising Aussie
teenager Bernard Tomic, 6-3, 6-3, in 69 minutes.
The two-time champion Djokovic dethroned then-reigning champ Rafael Nadal in
last year's Rome finale.
Djokovic, who also holds three of the four Grand Slam titles right now, also
titled here in 2008 and was the 2009 Rome runner-up to the clay-court master
Murray, who turned 25 on Tuesday, staved off former top-five Argentine star
David Nalbandian 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 in 2 hours, 37 minutes on the red clay at the
beautiful Foro Italico. The former Wimbledon runner-up Nalbandian was a Rome
finalist in 2004.
Meanwhile, fifth-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga trounced Serb Viktor
Troicki 6-3, 6-2 in the second round, sixth-seeded David Ferrer reached the
third round by handling fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) on
Day 3, and 10th-seeded Argentine slugger Juan Martin del Potro snuck past
capable lefthanded Frenchman Michael Llodra 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 to reach the second
round. Ferrer was the 2010 Rome runner-up to Nadal. The 6-foot-6 former U.S.
Open champion del Potro was a clay-court winner in Portugal just two weeks
Eleventh-seeded Frenchman Gilles Simon moved into round two with a 6-2, 7-5
victory over American Donald Young, while former Rome titlist Juan Carlos
Ferrero ousted 13th-seeded Frenchman Gael Monfils 7-5, 6-3 to reach the third
round. The former world No. 1 and former French Open champion Ferrero, of
Spain, reigned in Rome back in 2001.
In some other first-round action involving seeds, No. 14 Argentine Juan Monaco
mauled Romanian qualifier Adrian Ungur 6-2, 6-2, Marcel Granollers erased No.
15 fellow Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 6-4, and nifty No. 16 Frenchman
Richard Gasquet topped Austrian lefthander Jurgen Melzer 6-1, 7-6 (8-6).
Additional opening-round action saw American qualifier Sam Querrey edge out
Finnish veteran Jarkko Nieminen 7-6 (7-4), 5-7, 6-4, Pole Lukasz Kubot best
Italian wild card Potito Starace 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, and qualifier Guillermo
Garcia-Lopez ground fellow Spaniard Pablo Andujar 6-4, 6-1.
In some second-round action on Wednesday, a second-seeded Nadal will meet
German Florian Mayer, third-seeded Roger Federer will face Argentine Carlos
Berlocq and del Potro will encounter Russian Mikhail Youzhny. Nadal is a
men's-record five-time Rome champion. The two-time Rome runner-up Federer is
fresh off his Masters 1000 title in Madrid last week.
The 2012 Rome champ will earn $595,000.
The Sports Network