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Novak Djokovic into quarterfinals

Updated: May 17, 2012, 8:43 PM ET
Associated Press

ROME -- Top-ranked Novak Djokovic overcame a poor first set and a smashed racket to beat Juan Monaco 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 and reach the Italian Open quarterfinals Thursday.

Also through at Foro Italico were five-time Rome champion Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

With the wind whipping the red clay into the air, Djokovic struggled with his serve and backhand in the opening set before settling down and wearing out Monaco.

"It was a very strange match. It was difficult to play ...

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