Novak Djokovic made a winning return to competition in his first match since his US Open disqualified. The world No 1, sensationally booted out of Flushing Meadows last week for striking a line judge with a ball, beat Salvatore Caruso at the Italian Open.
Djokovic was on his best behaviour as he sealed a routine 6-3 6-2 victory to reach the third round.
He told the ATP website: “It was a very good test for me.
“I’m very pleased with the way I handled myself in important moments.
“I was in control of the match. I served well when I needed to come up with a big serve and I moved well.
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“I constructed the points as the clay courts demand, because it’s obviously a completely different surface in terms of building the point tactically. Everything went well. I’m very pleased.”
Djokovic now meets compatriot Filip Krajinovic for a place in the quarter-finals.
The Italian Open match is due to start around 1pm BST.
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There will be no live television coverage in the UK, however, fans will be able to live stream the action.
Amazon Prime Video is showing live coverage of the Italian Open throughout the UK.
This means fans can stream the match using the Prime Video app or Amazon device.
A subscription costs £7.99 per month but new customers signing up can take advantage of a 30-day free trial.
This can also be cancelled at any time during the trial period.
There is also another way to watch today’s Italian Open action.
Selected UK betting companies will be streaming Djokovic vs Krajinovic on their platforms for free.
(Odds from thepools.com)
Novak Djokovic – 1/6
Filip Krajinovic – 15/4
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