Holder Novak Djokovic staged a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 comeback over Juan Monaco to earn a place in the quarterfinals at a windy Rome Masters on Thursday while Rafael Nadal breezed past Marcel Granollers 6-1, 6-1. However, fourth seed Andy Murray was upset 6-7(1), 6-3, 6-2 by Richard Gasquet.

With gusts making life a challenge on the red clay, top seed Djokovic had to smash a racquet into useless bits of composite material to get himself going after losing the opening set. Djokovic went down a break in the second set but got it back with one more for insurance as he levelled at a set apiece. It took a break for 5-3 in the final set to put the Serb into position to close out victory on his second match point.

The World No.1 finished with 16 winners and 40 unforced errors, a symptom of the windy conditions which have bothered players all week.

The results: Men: Third round: Novak Djokovic bt Juan Monaco 4-6, 6-2, 6-3; Rafael Nadal bt Marcel Granollers 6-1, 6-1; David Ferrer bt Gilles Simon 6-0, 7-6(5); Tomas Berdych bt Nicolas Almagro 7-6(3), 6-3; Richard Gasquet bt Andy Murray 6-7(1), 6-3, 6-2. Second round: Andreas Seppi bt John Isner 2-6, 7-6(5), 7-5; Nadal bt Florian Mayer 6-1, 7-5.

Women: Third round: Flavia Pennetta bt Petra Cetkovska 6-0, 6-1; Petra Kvitova bt Sorana Cirstea 6-2, 5-7, 6-2; Venus Williams bt Samantha Stosur 6-4, 6-3; Serena Williams bt Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-3, 6-1; Dominika Cibulkova w/o Victoria Azarenka.

Second round: Azarenka bt Shahar Peer 6-1, 6-2; Cibulkova bt Karin Knappa 6-3, 4-6, 6-1; Ana Ivanovic bt Silvia Soler Espinosa 6-2, 6-1. Doubles: Second round: Liezel Huber & Lisa Raymond bt Sania Mirza & Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-1, 6-3.

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