• Berdych, Wawrinka advance in Rome

    5/15/13 3:16 AM | Cheryl Murray
    Berdych, Wawrinka advance in Rome Tomas Berdych and Stanislas Wawrinka made winning starts at the Rome Masters, with Wawrinka moving into the second round and Berdych into the third.

    Tomas Berdych def. Denis Istomin 6-4, 6-0

    After a close opening set, the Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych breezed through his second round match against Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin.

    Istomin earned chances to break in both sets, one in the first and three in the second, but Berdych played well on all of the big points. He was able to secure a single break of serve in the first set and ran through the second set without giving up a single game.

    Berdych will take on Kevin Anderson in the third round.

    Stanislas Wawrinka def. Carlos Berlocq 5-7, 6-3, 6-3

    Stanislas Wawrinka took over the No. 10 spot on Monday, thanks in part to his run to the final of the Madrid Masters last week. He lost in the final to Rafael Nadal, but until that point, the Swiss man had been on a 9 match win-streak, as he won the event in Oeiras.

    But the amount of tennis he's played in the last few weeks seems to have caught up with him. He seemed a bit fatigued in this first round match, playing spotty tennis in the first set to give Carlos Berlocq the early lead.

    Wawrinka righted the ship in the second and third set, willing his way past the Argentine whose ranking has slipped to No. 63 in the world (he was forced to qualify for Rome).

    Wawrinka's second round opponent will be Alexandr Dolgopolov.

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