ATP Rome Masters: Tuesday round-up

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Both top seeds of the day, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, advanced in style along with most of the other top competitors on Tuesday.

However, two that caused big upsets were Julien Benneteu and Kevin Anderson. Roger and Novak both eased through their openers winning comfortably in straight sets. Roger took down local hero Starace in just 51 minutes winning 6-1 6-2 while Djokovic sent Albert Montanes home 6-2 6-3 in just over an hour.

Two others that also made a very strong start to this weeks campaign were Thomas Berdych and Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro. 

Del Potro who has had a couple of weeks away from tennis after leaving the third round of Monte-Carlo played a brilliant match when facing Russian qualifier Alex Kuznetsov. 

He was flawless on serve throughout the whole battle and patient in the rallies. The Argentines thundering forehand eventually got the better of Kuznetsov who could not comprehend with the high tempo of Potro. The game ended in straight sets 6-3 6-2 in 75 minutes. 

Berdych won his match extremely easy 6-4 6-0. His opponent, Uzbekistan´s Dennis Istomin, was a step behind on most points and did not have fuel enough to trouble the in-form Czech who reached the semis of Madrid last week.

Berdych will therefore set up yet another clash with South Africa´s Kevin Anderson who caused one of few upsets during Tuesday beating the Croatian youngster Marin Cilic in straight sets. It was an allover great performance from the big serving Anderson who keeps improving his clay court gameplay ever single week.

He will however have a huge task in front of him as he has faced of with Berdych seven times before, losing all seven encounters. They actually played each other last week in Madrid, with Berdych winning 7-6 7-5. Kevin will need to come up with something truly extraordinary if he wants to find a way past the hard fought Czech! 

In addition, also causing an upset, was Frenchman Julien Benneteu who snapped a six match losing streak when beating clay court specialist Nicolas Almagro in straight sets.

'Nico' who has had some good results lately had way to many unforced errors and eventually witnessed the Frenchman coming through with the help of 12 aces and two breaks of serve. The game ended 7-6 6-4 in 84 minutes.

As the games of Wednesday starts, "The king of clay" enters the centre court facing local hero Fabio Fognini who is in the best form of his entire tennis-career, reaching the Semis of Monte-Carlo just a few weeks ago. 


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