Djokovic, Wawrinka advance in Rome

The Sports NetworkMay 12, 2014 

Rome, Italy ( - Two-time champion Novak Djokovic and former runner-up Stan Wawrinka were a pair of straight-set second-round winners Tuesday at the $4 million Italian Masters tennis event.

The second-seeded former world No. 1 star Djokovic, with coach Boris Becker on hand, handled 35-year-old Czech veteran Radek Stepanek 6-3, 7-5 in 1 hour, 37 minutes at Foro Italico. The Serbian stalwart committed just nine unforced errors, compared to 27 for Stepanek.

Djokovic, who is also a two-time runner-up in Rome. received a bye into the second round and is appearing in his first tournament after being sidelined with a wrist injury for three weeks.

"I expected to be a little bit rusty on the court, but generally it was a good win," Djokovic said. "I'm happy with that and hope to elevate my performance in the next one."

Meanwhile, the third-seeded Australian Open champion Wawrinka, a 2008 runner- up in Rome, waltzed past Spaniard Pere Riba 6-0, 6-3. Wawrinka captured his first-ever Masters shield by titling on clay in Monte Carlo last month.

Also in the second round, German Philipp Kohlschreiber upended 16th-seeded Spaniard Tommy Robredo 6-2, 6-4.

In opening-round action on Day 3, 36-year-old 15th-seeded German Tommy Haas held off Italian Andreas Seppi 6-1, 4-6, 6-3.

Also in round one, Russian Dmitry Tursunov topped Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut 6-0, 7-6 (7-4); South African Kevin Anderson dismissed Canadian Vasek Pospisil 7-5, 7-6 (7-4); Latvian Ernests Gulbis doused Colombian lucky loser Alejandro Falla 6-1, retired; Kazakhstan's Andrey Golubev bested Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 7-5; Croat Marin Cilic took care of Colombian Santiago Giraldo 6-4, 2-0, retired; and Dutchman Igor Sijsling defeated 21-year-old Italian wild card Marco Cecchinato, making his ATP debut, 7-6 (7-4), 7-5 at this clay court French Open tune-up.

Ledger-Enquirer is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service