Murray through the hard way

Updated: May 16, 2012

Britain’s world No 4 Andy Murray struggled to a hard fought 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 victory over veteran Argentinian David Nalbandian to reach the third round of the Rome Masters.

World number 1 Djokovic breezed passed Tomic 6-3,6-3.

In other second-round matches, Spaniard David Ferrer, the sixth seed beat Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 7-6 (7/3) while Spanish veteran Juan Carlos Ferrero upset 13th seeded Frenchman Gael Monfils 7-5, 6-3.

In the first round, tenth seed Juan Martin del Potro overcame French doubles specialist Michael Llodra 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 while the latter’s compatriot Gilles Simon and 11th seed beat American Donald Young 6-2, 7-5.

Juan Monaco, the Argentine 14th seed, won as did 16th-seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet, who beat Jurgen Melzer 6-1, 7-6 (8/6).

 Past and present Wimbledon winners Maria Sharapova and Czech Petra Kvitova made straight-set moves into the third round of the Rome Masters on Tuesday, with the Russian second seed made to work hard.

Defending Rome champion Sharapova, who won her Wimbledon title aged 17 in 2004, needed nearly two and a quarter hours to get past 36th-ranked American Christina McHale 7-5, 7-5.

Kvitova, the fourth seed who claimed the grass honours last summer, accounted for Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 7-5, 6-4.

In the first round, two seeds went out as Sorona Cirstea of Romania upset former No 1, 2007-2008 winner and 15th seed Jelena Jankovic 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7/4).

Italy’s Flavia Pennetta, whose 2006 quarterfinal was her best showing at home, beat Russian 16th seed Maria Kirilenko 6-1, 7-6 (7/2).