17 May

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Djokovic shows best and worst to reach quarter-finals

By Simon Cambers

ROME | Thu May 17, 2012 8:17pm IST

(Reuters) – World number one Novak Djokovic demonstrated how to smash a racquet and how to cope with adversity as he reached the quarter-finals of the Rome Masters on Thursday.

In a blustery wind, Djokovic mangled his racquet after losing the first set to Juan Monaco of Argentina but recovered from a break down in the second set to clinch a 4-6 6-2 6-3 win.

From 1-2 in the second set it was as if somebody had flicked a switch as a dominant Djokovic won 20 of the next 24 points to level the match.

Monaco, ranked 15th, could not sustain his level and Djokovic eased away to set up a meeting with Argentina’s Juan Martin Del Potro or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France.

“I hope the children watching don’t do that,” a smiling Djokovic told a news conference, referring to his racket-smashing. “But I show my emotions out there. That’s who I am.

“I struggled with the wind today and I was a bit defensive and passive in the first set but once I was more direct I started to play much better.”



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