Italian Open: Djokovic, Nadal reach third round

Rafael Nadal (left) and Novak Djokovic (right)

ROME – Top seed Novak Djokovic and defending champion Rafael Nadal eased into the third round of the Italian Open on Wednesday, reported Xinhua news agency.


Djokovic dispatched Italian wild card entry Salvatore Caruso 6-3, 6-2, while nine-time winner Nadal beat fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 6-1, 6-1.

Top women’s seed Simona Halep made a winning return a month after winning in Prague as she disposed of 99th-ranked Italian Jasmine Paolini 6-3, 6-4.

Victoria Azarenka of Belarus beat American Venus Williams 7-6 (7), 6-2 in their first-round match.