Novak's Back and Stan Storms Through
Milos Raonic - Raonic has impressed this year in his bid to establish himself as a top ten player, and his massive serve was particularly effective today as he hit 18 aces past Italian wildcard entrant Simone Bolelli. The Canadian no. 1 will vie for a place in the quarter-finals when he faces either Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or Kevin Anderson in the next round.
David Ferrer - The Spanish terrier dismissed Mikhail Kukushkin with ease in today's last match on the Grandstand court and is eyeing another deep run after already reaching the semi-finals in Monte Carlo and Madrid this year. Ferrer will be favourite to progress to a potential last 8 clash with Novak Djokovic when he goes up against either Stephane Robert or Ernests Gulbis, who he defeated last week.
Philipp Kohlschreiber - Entering this event after back to back defeats to Denis Istomin in Munich and Marinko Matosevic in Madrid, Kohlschreiber will be relieved to have found some form this week ahead of Roland Garros. He made light work of 16th seed Tommy Robredo to set up a clash with Novak Djokovic in the last 16. The German took a set off the world no. 2 when they last met at the French Open last year.
Novak Djokovic - Some may have been looking on with interest as the Serb returned to action following a wrist injury, but ultimately, few eyebrows were raised when Djokovic dispatched Radek Stepanek in straight sets. It will be of some concern that he dropped serve three times against the Czech, and that's an area he'll have to improve if he wants to win the Internazionali BNL D'Italia for a third time.
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