ATP Rome: Novak Djokovic Toils; Roger Federer, Andy Murray Make Smooth Progress

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Wednesday, May 11th, 2016 | 0


It turned out to be a routine day in the office for some of the top men’s singles seeds – including Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Roger Federer – all of whom progressed to the last 16 stage of the Rome Masters on Wednesday.

Djokovic, the No. 1 seed, was fairly troubled by 105th-ranked Frenchman Stephane Robert but eventually managed to pull off a straight set 7-5 7-5 conquest to record his 34th win in 2016. Up next for him awaits Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci, who beat Nicolas Mahut 6-4 6-3.

The second-seeded Murray had a relatively easy going as he stormed past Kazakh qualifier Mikhail Kukushkin, winning 6-3 6-3 in an hour and 24 minutes. The Brit served 7 aces, won 82 percent points on first serve and consolidated his serve throughout.

Federer, the No. 3 seed, shrugged off injury concerns to cruise for a 6-3 7-5 win over rising star Alexander Zverev of Germany. The Swiss ace heavily relied upon his dominating first serve (87%) that saw him through to the next round after an 87-minute battle.

Moving on, Federer is scheduled to cross the swords with yet another young sensation in 22-year-old Dominic Thiem, the 15th seed, who outplayed Portuguese rival Joao Sousa 6-3 6-2 in the other second-round encounter here.



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