Rafa Nadal and David Ferrer are through to the third round of Rome Masters 2013, whilst Jerzy Janowicz ousted Tsonga.
Reigning champion Nadal started his Rome 2013 campaign exquisitely as he brushed aside unseeded domestic player Fabio Fognini in one hour. The opening set was over in twenty-five minutes as the six-time Rome conqueror broke his adversary three times to go one nil up. The second set was more competitive with the Italian annulling Rafa’s early break, yet the king of clay restored his one break lead and ultimately secured his spot in the last 16 after holding to love. End score: 6-1, 6-3. Nadal will play Ernests Gulbis next.
24th-ranked Polish prospect Janowicz was up to his task against seed number eight Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – it was their first ATP meeting. The one generated and converted break ball was the difference between the rivals in the opening set – the Pole thus grabbed a fifth game break and served out the set with a hold to love later. In the second set the contestants served perfectly all the way until the tie-break where Janowicz got hold of the first match ball which he tucked away for a 6-4, 7-6 (5) win. He is to challenge Richard Gasquet in the third round.
Rome 2010 finalist Ferrer needed three sets and two and a half hours to overcome his fellow-Spaniard Fernando Verdasco. The first two sets had a similar course of events with the players restoring their one break leads and eventually making it one set between them. In the decider Ferrer broke the deadlock in the eighth game to go 5-3 ahead and serve out the clash next. He entered the third round with a 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 victory and will now square off against Philipp Kohlschreiber.