World no.1 Novak Djokovic cruised into the third round of the Rome Tennis Masters as he beat Australian Bernard Tomic 6-3 6-3.
Djokovic, who didn’t manage to defend his Madrid Open title last week and was one of the top guys to complain about the surface change (a lot faster and more slippery blue clay), seemed to be back to normal as he got off to a quick 4-0 lead against Tomic. Despite Djokovic dropping his serve when serving for the set at 5-2, he managed to break right back to take a lead in the match.
Tomic struggled to keep up with Djokovic’s pace in set 2 as well. The Serbian pushed him just enough to capitalise from it and take a 4-2 lead. Both players held their serves till the end of the match and Djokovic set up a third round encounter against the winner of the match between Radek Stepanek and the 14th seed Juan Monaco.
No.5 seed Tsonga also made his way to round 3 after overcoming Serbian Viktor Troicki 6-3 6-2 and will play the winner of the match between Del Potro and Youzhny.