Novak Djokovic got off to a winning start at the Italian Open on Wednesday, advancing to the third round of the clay-court tournament in his first match since his US Open disqualification earlier this month.

Novak Djokovic Photo: AFP.

The world number one, the recipient of a first round bye in Rome, eased past Italian wild card entry Salvatore Caruso 6-3, 6-2 at the ForoItalico.

Four-time Rome winner Djokovic will next play either fellow Serb FilipKrajinovic or Italian qualifier Marco Cecchinato for a place in the quarter-finals.

Djokovic was unbeaten in 2020 before his dramatic last 16 default in New York on September 6 after he accidently struck a line judge with a ball hit in frustration.

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