Skip to main content

Champion Djokovic rebounds in Rome

May 16, 2012 -- Updated 1107 GMT (1907 HKT)
Novak Djokovic was in a hurry to close out victory against Bernard Tomic in Rome.
Novak Djokovic was in a hurry to close out victory against Bernard Tomic in Rome.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Novak Djokovic beats Bernard Tomic in straight sets at Rome Masters
  • Serbia's world No. 1 is the defending champion at Foro Italico
  • Women's titleholder Maria Sharapova battles through
  • Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova joins her in third round

(CNN) -- Defending champions Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova came through second round matches at the joint ATP/WTA tournament in Rome Tuesday with straight sets victories.

Djokovic was in blistering form under the lights at the Foro Italico and saw off Australian teenager Bernard Tomic 6-3 6-3 in an entertaining encounter.

The world number one was coming off a shock defeat to compatriot Janko Tipsarevic in Madrid last week on the notorious blue clay, but an upset never looked likely against Tomic.

Djokovic quickly moved two breaks ahead in the opener before Tomic made a spirited recovery to achieve a break of his own.

It only delayed the inevitable as Djokovic broke him again to close out the first set.

Becker: Watch out for Federer
Serena Williams: I'm really ruthless
Only in America: Piers vs. Serena
Williams: Surgery easier than heartbreak

A single break of service decided the second set with the Serbian always in command as he wrapped up victory in 68 minutes.

Their match had followed a classic encounter between fourth seed Andy Murray and Argentina veteran David Nalbandian.

Murray, who missed Madrid through injury, breezed through opener 6-1 but Nalbandian hit back to level by taking the second set 6-4.

When he broke Murray in the decider an upset looked on the cards, but the Scot rallied and pulled ahead at 6-5 courtesy of a fortunate net cord.

Nalbandian forced two break points as Murray served for the match, but both were saved and the Murray, on his 25th birthday, clinched a hard-fought victory after two hours 38 minutes.

Earlier, Sharapova, the second seed on the red clay in the Italian capital, had fought off a tenacious challenge from American Christina McHale.

She won 7-5 7-5 but trailed in both sets, including coming from 4-1 down in the opener.

She finally prevailed after two hours 12 minutes to keep the defense of her title on track.

"I made too many unforced errors in the first part of the match and she was playing extremely consistently," the Russian told the WTA Tour website.

"Maybe I was trying to hit too many winners then. But I was fortunate enough to win that first set and get back into it in the second set."

Improving on the surface, Sharapova has won 17 of her last 19 matches on the surface, taking the title at Stuttgart earlier this year.

Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova also progressed to the third round, but like Sharapova, was pushed over two sets against Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova before winning 7-5 6-4.

The pair had shared their previous four meetings, but fourth seed Kvitova showed she is adapting better to clay to go through after retrieving early deficits in both sets.

The Williams sisters also progressed, with Madrid champion Serena next facing Russia's Nadia Petrova in the second round on Wednesday.

The America, seeded ninth, won the tournament 10 years ago.

Her older sibling Venus beat Romania's Simona Halep in the first round for the second tournament in a row, and the 1999 Rome champion will take on Russia's Ekaterina Makarova as she seeks to improve on her second-round defeat on the blue clay last week.

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
September 11, 2014 -- Updated 1248 GMT (2048 HKT)
French Tennis player Rene Lacoste, one of France's 'Four Musketeers' who won the Davis Cup in 1932, at Wimbledon. He is wearing his embroidered crocodile motif. Original Publication: People Disc - HH0434 (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
His distinctive crocodile logo is seen on clothing all over the world, but Rene Lacoste also left a lasting legacy in the development of tennis.
September 9, 2014 -- Updated 0636 GMT (1436 HKT)
Marin Cilic follows in the footsteps of his coach Goran Ivanicevic by claiming a grand slam crown for Croatia, winning the U.S. Open.
September 14, 2014 -- Updated 1334 GMT (2134 HKT)
Serena Williams of the US holds the US Open trophy after defeating Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark during their US Open 2014 women's singles finals match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Center September 7, 2014 in New York. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Serena Williams is without peer in the modern women's game and now she is on a par with two American tennis legends from the past.
September 2, 2014 -- Updated 1321 GMT (2121 HKT)
American tennis player and golfer Althea Gibson (right) receives a kiss from compatriot Darlene Hard, whom she beat in two sets to become the first black woman to win the Women's Singles Finals at Wimbledon.
Over the course of her remarkable life, Althea Gibson was many things to many people -- but it was tennis where she really left her mark.
August 27, 2014 -- Updated 1145 GMT (1945 HKT)
Canada and tennis? Really? Yup. The North American tennis power balance is swinging away from the States.
August 21, 2014 -- Updated 1252 GMT (2052 HKT)
As a player he was as fiery as his hair -- and as Novak Djokovic's coach, Boris Becker says he has to battle to keep his emotions in check.
August 20, 2014 -- Updated 1102 GMT (1902 HKT)
Tennis great Boris Becker says he was stunned by the level of criticism he received after being appointed as Novak Djokovic's coach.
July 25, 2014 -- Updated 1101 GMT (1901 HKT)
"I didn't cry once when I practiced in front of the mirror," says Martin Emmrich. But the nerves kicked in when he got down on one knee on court.
June 30, 2014 -- Updated 1135 GMT (1935 HKT)
When Agnieszka Radwanska refused to look her opponent in the eye after losing at Wimbledon, it raised more than eyebrows.
June 23, 2014 -- Updated 0114 GMT (0914 HKT)
It's 10 years since a teenage Maria Sharapova became the darling of Wimbledon's hallowed Center Court, launching herself as a star.
May 23, 2014 -- Updated 0746 GMT (1546 HKT)
He's regularly voted France's favorite famous person, but many of the nation's youth have "no idea" about his glorious sporting past
April 29, 2014 -- Updated 1555 GMT (2355 HKT)
Five-time grand slam champion Martina Hingis has followed her mom into a coaching role, setting up a new tennis academy in Barcelona, Spain.
ADVERTISEMENT