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 Murray7,750
2Spain Rafael Nadal7,465
3Switzerland Roger Federer6,545
4Serbia Novak Djokovic6,325
5Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka6,140
6Croatia Marin Cilic5,075
7Austria Dominic Thiem4,030
8Japan Kei Nishikori3,740
9Canada Milos Raonic3,310
10Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov3,160
11Alexander Zverev3,160
12France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga2,805
13France Gael Monfils2,775
14Belgium David Goffin2,605
15Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,570
16Pablo Carreno Busta2,350
17United States Jack Sock2,290
18Lucas Pouille2,255
19Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,245
20Australia Nick Kyrgios1,940