Novak Djokovic goes through in Rome Masters

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Novak Djokovic goes through in Rome Masters

Tennis: World no. 1 Novak Djokovic sailed through to the next round as he successfully opened his campaign in Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome, as he defeated Spain's Albert Montanes in straight sets.

The Serbian player started very strong and broke his opponent three times in the first set to win it 6-2 and take a one set lead.

The Spaniard was trying to win his first match against the 25-year-old opponent as he had lost all four meetings that he had with Djokovic before this one. Montanes had taken only one set against Djokovic in the previous four meetings, one of which was here in Rome four years ago.

Djokovic kept the momentum going into the second set and broke his opponent once and won the set 6-3 by holding all of his serves. He took one hour and 10 minutes on court as he proceeded to the next round.

The world no. 1 had lost to Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov last week in Madrid, after he stopped Rafael Nadal from winning 9th straight title in Monte Carlo. He will face winner of Ukraine's Alexander Dolgopolov and Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka for a place in the Quarterfinals.