Rome Masters: Murray struggles against Nalbandian


It has been yet another exciting day of tennis at the Rome Masters, with some of the world's top players in action at the Foro Italico as they look to build their form ahead of the French Open later this month.

In the men's draw, in perhaps the game of the day, Juan Martin del Potro took a thrilling three sets victory over Michael Llodra to set-up a second round encounter with Mikhail Youzhny, while also in the round of 64, there were wins for seeds Gilles Simon and Richard Gasquet.

There was also similar drama in some of the second round matches as fourth seed Andy Murray struggled through in three sets against David Nalbandian but there were no such worries for world number six David Ferrer, who claimed a comfortable straight sets win over compatriot Fernando Verdasco.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also progressed on Tuesday, beating Viktor Troicki, while Novak Djokovic was involved in the final game of the evening, easing past Bernard Tomic 6-3 6-3.

In the women's competition, Venus Williams made the most of her wildcard entry, beating Romanian Simona Halep while there were also wins for the seeded Dominika Cibulkova and home favourite Flavia Pennetta.

In the second round ties, Maria Sharapova comfortably beat Christina McHale and the same could be said for Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, who cruised through against Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

However, there have been some shocks in the women's tournament with both Jelena Jankovic and Sabine Lisicki being eliminated by Sorana Cirstea and Marina Erakovic respectively.

The action continues on Wednesday with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Victoria Azarenka all in action, and they'll certainly be looking for comfortable wins as they continue to prepare for the French Open.