Novak Djokovic Cruises Into Rome R2

(REUTERS): Novak Djokovic got off to a winning start in his bid for a fifth ATP Italian Open title on Monday with a straight sets win over Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov.

The 11th-seeded Serb, who has reached eight of the last ten finals in Rome and won four – took 55 minutes to oust Dolgopolov 6-1, 6-3 on the red clay of the Foro Italico.

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The 12-time Grand Slam winner broke 54th-ranked Dolgopolov three times in the opening set, with another break in the second helping him wrap up the match.

Djokovic next plays either Nikoloz Basilashvili or Filippo Baldi in the second round.

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