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.

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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.

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