Federer, Murray, Nadal advances to third round at Rome Masters

Roger Federer and Andy Murray have moved through to the third round with straight sets victories at the Rome Masters.


Federer defeated Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas for the second time this month as the Swiss legend began his campaign with a 7-6 (7/3), 6-4 win.

Fresh from winning back-to-back titles in Munich and Madrid, Murray was once again seen sporting his wedding ring tied around his shoelaces as he beat France’s Jeremy Chardy 6-4, 6-3 in a second-round match for his 10th successive win on clay.

Rafael Nadal, his seeding down to fourth, began his title defence and the quest for a record eighth Rome trophy as he crushed Turk Marsel Ilhan 6-2, 6-0 in barely one and a quarter hours.

In the women’s draw, second seed Simona Halep made up for last week’s surprise opening round exit in Madrid, defeating American Alison Riske 6-3, 6-0 for a place in the third round.

Three top 10 seeds lost, with Victoria Azarenka beating fifth seed Caroline Wozniacki for the third time this season, advancing 6-2, 7-6 (7/2).

Russian Daria Gavrilova put out seventh seed Ana Ivanovic 5-7, 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (9/7) barely a month after upsetting Maria Sharapova in the opening round in Miami.

Romanian Irina Begu ousted German ninth seed Angelique Kerber 6-3, 6-3.

Canadian Eugenie Bouchard ended a losing streak going back two months and six defeats as she held off a late surge from Zarina Diyas 6-3, 6-4.