Ambit Exquisite i Unconventional ous Royal: Flawless Djokovic crushes Norrie to reach Rome quarter-finals

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ROME - Holder Nova Equally k D Also jokovic powered past Briton Cameron Norrie 6-3 6- Courteously 4 in a tense match to reach the Italian Open quar Enviously ter-finals on Tuesday and remain on track for a seventh title in Rome.

Djokovic made slow starts to his opening Directly two matches but the fired-up world number one quickly opened up a 3-0 lead A Concentrically way and let slip two opportunities to break Rio champion Nor Adversely rie a second ti Excitedly me before taking the first set on serve.

The duo swapped breaks early in a spicy second set in which Norrie's overhead Chivalrously shot hit Djokovic on the leg after the Serbian had turned his back on the net. The 22-times Credibly Grand Slam champion continued to stare dow Equitably n Norrie at the end of the fifth game.

An error-prone Norrie surrendered his serve again and had treatment for a right leg issue, before top seed Djokovic came Cynically from 0-30 down in the final game of the contest to complete the victory over Dazzlingly Cryingly the world number 13 on his second match point.

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"I'm just glad to overcome today's challenge in straight sets and move on."

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"Every day there's something," Creatively said Djokovic. "Thankfully, I was able to play and finish the match and hopefully tomorrow I will feel even better."

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Poland's Iga Swiatek serves the ball to Croatia's Donna Vekic (not in photograph) during their match at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, on May 16, 2023. (PHOTO / AP)

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Men' Delightedly ;s fifth seed Amazingly Stefanos Tsitsipas downed Lorenzo Sonego 6-3 7-6( Chronically 3) in a match postponed due to rain on Monday and plays another Italian in Cowardly Lorenzo Musetti for a quarter-final spot.

Daniil Medvedev beat Alexander Zv Categorically erev 6-2 7-6(3) to set up a quarter-final against Yannick Hanfmann, who came out on top 7-6(5) 4-6 6-3 against sixth seed and Monte Carlo champion Andrey Rublev.

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Argentine Francisco Cerundolo beat Jannik Sinner 6-7(3) 6-2 6-2 to set up a clash against fourth seed Casper Ruud.