ATP Rome Masters: Rafael Nadal scores straights set win over Fabio Fognini

Last Updated: 15/05/13 10:06pm

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Rafael Nadal: Straightforward victory

Rafael Nadal: Straightforward victory

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Rafael Nadal beat Italian Fabio Fognini 6-1, 6-3 to move into the third round of the ATP Rome Masters.

Nadal is seeking a seventh victory in this tournament and stayed on track to do so after a comfortable win over his Italian opponent.

The defending French Open champion broke Fognini at the first opportunity and never looked back as he conceded just three games.

Nadal, who has won five titles since making his return after seven months out with a knee injury, will next play Ernests Gulbis, a 6-1, 6-1 winner over Serb Viktor Troicki.

Earlier, highly-rated Jerzy Janowicz ripped off his shirt in celebration seconds after clinching a famous win over Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsong

The Polish underdog came through his second round clash against the eighth seed in straight sets, 6-4 7-6 (7-5) on a cloudy day at the Foro Italico.

Janowicz, 22, reached the Paris Masters final as a qualifier last year, beating Andy Murray and Janko Tipsarevic along the way.

But the 24th-ranked player, who has gone from playing a tournament in Barnstaple to the Italian capital in the space of 12 months, played with passion and flare to defeat the two-time Wimbledon semi-finalist.

Meanwhile, Ukranian Alexandr Dolgopolov got a free trip into the third round as Madrid finalist and 15th seed Stanislas Wawrinka quit before their meeting with a thigh injury which also bothered him last week.

Another seed also made his exit from the clay court event as Japan's 16th seed Kei Nishikori went tumbling out 6-4 6-1 to Jeremy Chardy, while another Frenchman, Gilles Simon also came through in straight sets against Mikhail Youzhny from Russia.

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