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Djokovic thrashes Dolgopolov in first round of Italian Open

IANS  |  Rome 

ASerbian star thrashed Ukraine's 6-1, 6-3 in the first round of the Italian Open 1000 clay-court tournament here on Monday.

Djokovic, a four-time Italian Open champion, put on a good performance to earn his sixth win over Dolgopolov in as many career matches, reports

Former world No. 1 Djokovic started the match strong, winning the first two games to love, and built on this advantage to seal the first set in just 20 minutes.

Dolgopolov tried to fight back against the current world No. 18, creating his only break point at 1-1, but Djokovic served himself out of trouble, broke his rival's serve in the next game and never looked back.

The 2017 Italian Open finalist, who lost to Germany's Alexander Zverev, is set to play either Nikoloz Basilashvili of or Italy's for a place in the third round.

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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 05:54 IST
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