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Novak Djokovic (l) and Andy Murray (r) © Getty Images (file photo)

Rome: Top-ranked Novak Djokovic produced a superior performance as he swept aside France’s Stephane Robert in straight-sets to progress through to the third round of the Italian Open in Rome. The 28-year-old Serbian secured a 7-5, 7-5 win over his French opponent in the second-round contest that lasted for one hour and 26 minutes. Djokovic will now play against Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil for the quarter-final berth.

Meanwhile, second-seed Andy Murray also progressed through to the pre-quarterfinals after hammering Russia’s Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3, 6-3.