World No.2 Novak Djokovic played some fine tennis to outplay Spaniard Roberta Bautista Agut in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 to move into the last 8 of the Rome Masters.
The Serb showed glimpses of his somewhat rekindled form when he dominated play throughout the match, showcasing some great clay court play with an aggressive mindset.
Though Djokovic struggled a bit in the match, he played the points that mattered sensibly and got rewarded for them. Taking a solitary break in the opening set, Djokovic made sure that he dominated at least on his serve.
3 aces and some fantastic winners from both sides, Djokovic won 32 of the 59 points in the first set to take it in 43 minutes.
The Second Set was a topsy-turvy battle with both players playing some really high quality tennis with some fantastic clay court rallies. Both Djokovic and Agut used the inside out forehand to a large extent, dictating play by attacking the opponent’s backhand.
Djokovic seized momentum in the second set after breaking the Spaniard’s serve, only to see Agut raise his game and break back to take the set into its deep end.
With both players hitting a different gear in the business end of the set, it was Djokovic who showed more composure to get the vital break in the ninth game by hitting some outstanding winners. He then held his serve to take the match in just under 1 hour and 45 minutes.
He next faces the winner of Kei Nishikori or Juan Martin del Potro.
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