Djokovic beats Tomic to kick off title defence
Bernard Tomic has fallen in the second round of the Rome Masters, going down in straight sets to world No.1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic.
World No.1 Novak Djokovic dealt Bernard Tomic a claycourt reality check with a straight-sets dismissal of the Australian teenager at the Rome Masters.
After enjoying a first-round bye, Djokovic opened his title defence with a 6-3 6-3 victory over Tomic on Tuesday night.
Tomic will be seeded at a grand slam for the first time at the French Open starting on Sunday week, but was no match for the top-seeded Serb.
Coming off a quarterfinal loss to fellow Serb Janko Tipsarevic on the blue clay at last week’s Madrid Open, Djokovic went ahead with two early breaks and faced minimal resistance from the 19-year-old Tomic.
“It was a good match for me to start with,” said Djokovic.
“(Tomic) has a lot of talent and he changes things up well, so you don’t know what to expect – that’s what makes him dangerous.”
With the French Open less than two weeks away, Djokovic is looking to rediscover the form from his 43-match winning streak a year ago.
Winning at Roland Garros is a top priority for him after taking the three other majors last year.
While never really pushed to play his best, Djokovic showed off his expert shot-making at times.
During the game when he broke to go up 4-2 in the second, Djokovic was on a full run and slid into the splits to lift a perfectly placed lob that Tomic couldn’t handle, hitting into the net.
Djokovic had half as many unforced errors as Tomic – 15 to 30 – and led 20-15 in winners.