5 7 2008 12058 l - Djokovic cruises into third round in Rome Masters Tennis

Djokovic cruises into third round in Rome Masters Tennis

ROME: Serbia's Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic cruised into the third round of the Rome Masters here on Wednesday following a 6-4, 6-0 victory over Belgian Steve Darcis.
The world number 49 put up a fight in the first set but Djokovic simply blew him away in the second.

The world number three has had a sensational start to the season, winning the first Grand Slam of the year and then also claiming the Indian Wells Masters title.

He currently leads the ATP champions race and is closing in on the world's top two - Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal - above him in the rankings.

After this romp in the sun, Djokovic admitted that his aim is to finish the year at the top of the pile.

"Winning the Australian Open changed my life and I want to be number one this year," he said.

The Serb is not known for his clay court expertise but he did win the Estoril Open on the surface last year.

And he claimed to enjoy the courts here in the Italian capital.

"I always feel at home here in Italy and that's why I like playing here," he said in Italian.
Djokovic has also not been beaten in the Grand Slams by anyone other than Federer or Nadal since 2006 and on this form could pose a threat to those two at the French Open later this month