Djokovic eager for extra matches as Nishikori rediscovers profitable feeling


After simply 56 minutes on courtroom in his first-round win in Rome, Novak Djokovic expressed a need for extra enjoying time.

Information 15 Could 2018, 02:36 IST


Novak Djokovic celebrates

Novak Djokovic eased into the second spherical of the Internazionali d’Italia on Monday with a straight-sets win over Alexandr Dolgopolov, as David Goffin and Kei Nishikori additionally received.

Djokovic’s struggles for type continued in Madrid final week as he beat Nishikori solely to then fall on the second hurdle to Kyle Edmund.

However the 12-time grand slam singles champion made brief work of Dolgopolov, producing a formidable efficiency with the French Open on the horizon subsequent week.

Ninth seed Goffin and world quantity 19 Edmund had been additionally among the many winners within the opening spherical on clay in Rome as gamers seek for type forward of Roland Garros.



4-time champion Djokovic wanted simply 56 minutes to see off Dolgopolov 6-1 6-Three and is looking forward to extra time on courtroom within the Italian capital this week.

“It was an amazing begin. I all the time really feel very snug in Rome. I feel the circumstances are fairly appropriate to my sport,” Djokovic stated. “I all the time look ahead to coming again to Rome.

“The final three, 4 weeks have been higher on the apply courts and in matches. Right now’s match encourages me to maneuver ahead and hopefully I can get just a few extra matches in Rome than I’ve within the final couple months.”


After withdrawing from his opening match in Barcelona after which shedding to Djokovic in Madrid, Kei Nishikori rediscovered the profitable feeling.

He was removed from convincing towards Feliciano Lopez, however did sufficient to say a 7-6 (7-5) 6-Four victory and arrange an attractive encounter with Grigor Dimitrov.

Ninth seed David Goffin was way more snug in his 6-1 6-2 defeat of Leonardo Mayer. He’ll now play Marco Cecchinato, a winner over Pablo Cuevas.

Wildcard Matteo Berrettini defeated Frances Tiafoe in straight units and can now play Madrid winner Alexander Zverev, whereas 10th seed Pablo Carreno Busta wanted three units to see off Jared Donaldson.


Fabio Fognini celebrated a milestone on dwelling clay, a 6-Three 6-1 victory over Gael Monfils his 300th at ATP degree.

Dominic Thiem, the person who ended Rafael Nadal’s record-breaking run of 50 successive units received on clay final week in Madrid is subsequent for the Italian.

Edmund’s first match as a top-20 participant noticed him pushed to 3 units by Malek Jaziri, and Benoit Paire triumphed in an all-French conflict with Richard Gasquet.

Elsewhere within the draw, there have been wins for Aljaz Bedene, Robin Haase, Philipp Kohlschreiber and Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

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