Rome, Italy (Sports Network) - Two-time champion and two-time runner-up
Novak Djokovic was an easy third-round victor Thursday at the $3.475 million
Italian Masters tennis event.
The world No. 1 superstar, who titled here in 2008 and 2011, topped Ukrainian
Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-1, 6-4 in 60 minutes on the red clay at this French Open
tune-up at Foro Italico. Dolgopolov is now 3-21 lifetime against top-10
The reigning Australian Open titlist Djokovic has reached the final in Rome in
four of the last five years. He lost to Rafael Nadal in last year's finale
after beating his great Spanish rival in the final here the year before.
Up next for last year's French Open runner-up Djokovic will be Czech slugger
The sixth-seeded former Wimbledon runner-up Berdych handled tall South African
Kevin Anderson 7-5, 6-2, while an upset came when rising Frenchman Benoit
Paire toppled seventh-seeded former U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro
6-4, 7-6 (7-3) on Day 5.
This week's big winner will earn $650,000.
The Sports Network