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Djokovic reaches third round in Italian Open

English.news.cn   2014-05-14 09:02:37

ROME, May 13 (Xinhua) -- Novak Djokovic came back from a right wrist injury by beating Czech veteran Radek Stepanek 6-3, 7-5 in the second round of the Italian Open on Tuesday.

The second-ranked Serb, who showed no signs of pain after withdrawing from last week's Madrid Open, committed just nine unforced errors to Stepanek's 27.

"It was one of the most difficult conditions I've played in in my life," said Djokovic.

"Playing when it's very windy on the court, especially on clay, the clay gets in your eyes. It was very difficult to get any kind of rhythm. Stepanek is a very experienced player, so that's why I had to be super-focused every game because I knew he had this variety of shots," he said.

Stanislas Wawrinka put behind the memory of his shock opening-round exit from Madrid to make a thumping start to his Italian Open campaign, beating qualifier Pere Riba 6-0, 6-3.

The third-seeded Wawrinka advanced in just 50 minutes, winning 83 per cent of his service points and breaking his Spanish opponent four times.

Fifth-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer also advanced as he dismissed Mikhail Kukushkin 6-1, 6-2.

Milos Raonic fought off a second-set fightback to beat Simone Bolelli 6-3, 7-6 (5) in the second round. The eighth-seeded Canadian saved two set points, serving at 5-6, 15/40 in the 12th game before rallying from a 1-4 deficit in the tie-break to clinch victory in one hour and 40 minutes.

Editor: Yang Yi
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