Result: Novak Djokovic proves too strong for Aljaz Bedene at Italian Open

Novak Djokovic in action against Andy Murray in the French Open final on June 5, 2016
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Novak Djokovic reaches the last 16 of the Italian Open with a straight-sets win over British number three Aljaz Bedene.

Novak Djokovic has recorded a hard-fought win over Aljaz Bedene to reach the third round of the Italian Open.

The world number two is searching for form ahead of the start of Roland Garros, and he will be delighted with how he got the better of the in-form British number three in Rome.

The pair traded breaks at the start of the contest but despite Bedene taking Djokovic to a tie-break, he eventually dropped the opener by a 7-2 scoreline.

Djokovic improved during the second as he barely gave Bedene a look in on his serve and he was able to wrap up a 7-6 6-2 triumph in just short of two hours.

The Serbian is looking to win the tournament for a fifth time after being denied by Andy Murray 12 months ago.

Andy Murray in action against Novak Djokovic in the French Open final on June 5, 2016
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1Scotland flag Andy Murray10,370
2Serbia Novak Djokovic7,445
3Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,445
4Spain Rafael Nadal5,375
5Switzerland Roger Federer5,035
6Canada Milos Raonic4,360
7Austria Dominic Thiem4,145
8Croatia Marin Cilic3,765
9Japan Kei Nishikori3,560
10Alexander Zverev3,150
11Belgium David Goffin3,055
12Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov2,900
13France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga2,870
14Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,780
15United States Jack Sock2,415
16France Gael Monfils2,365
17Lucas Pouille2,320
18Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,155
19Australia Nick Kyrgios2,155
20Albert Ramos-Vinolas2,065