Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin Del Potro eased into the third round of Rome Master 2013 in straight sets.
Top seed Djokovic was the first to drop a serve in the second round match against World. no. 89 Albert Montanes of Spain, yet he replied with three consecutive breaks to claim the opening set at the end of a five straight game run. In the second set Nole averted a break ball in the opening service game and broke the 32-year-old Spaniard immediately after that to eventually move 3-0 ahead. As the serves were not under a threat later in the set, last year’s runner-up Djokovic was able to serve out the match and advance to the third round after converting the match ball number one. The top ranked player, who conquered Rome in 2008 and 2011, won with 6-2, 6-3 after one hour and eleven minutes of tennis. His last 16 opponent will be known after the Dolgopolov-Wawrinka match.
Seventh seed Del Potro also had an easy day at the office as he sent home 82nd-ranked Andrey Kuznetzov in Russia after winning in straight sets. He confirmed the only break of the opener with a hold to love to build a 4-1 lead and was ultimately able to serve out the first set in the same manner. In the second one he obtained a two-break cushion by 5-2 before converting his third match ball in the follow-up game to complete a 6-3, 6-2 victory after one hour and sixteen minutes of play. This was the first encounter between Delpo and the 22-year-old Russian. The Argentine will play the better of the all-French clash between Bennetau and Paire next.