Novak Djokovic started victoriously in the Italian Open on Wednesday, entering the third round of the Clay Square tournament in his first match after this month’s US Open disqualification.
The world’s first to receive the first-round farewell award in Rome, Foro Italico facilitated Salvatore Caruso’s entry from Italy’s wild cards 6-3, 6-2.
Four-time Roman winner Djokovic will later play with another Serbian Filip Krajinovich or Italian qualifier Marco Cecchinato to advance to the quarterfinals.
Djokovic was unbeaten in 2020, until September 6. The last 16 dramatic events took place in New York inadvertently struck an ordinary judge with the ball hitting into frustration.
Nine-time Rome winner Rafael Nadal will return to the race later on Wednesday after a six-month hiatus over a coronavirus pandemic.
Second place in the third round is played by fellow Spanish Pablo Carreno in the recent US Open semi-finals.
Sixth in a row, Belgian David Goffin lost the second-round match 6: 2, 6: 2 to Croatian Marin Cilic in the final round of the French Open at Roland Garros.
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