The Serbian fought back from a first set bagel to storm into the quarters
World number one Novak Djokovic displayed resilience and composure as he stormed back from a first set bagel to defeat Thomaz Bellucci in thrilling three sets to advance to the quarter-finals of the Italian Open in Rome on Wednesday.
The Serbian defending champion recorded 0-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Bellucci in one of the strangest matches of his career and will next face Spanish rival Rafael Nadal for a berth in the semi-finals.
Fifth-seed Rafael Nadal also stormed into the quarter-finals of the tournament after rebounding strongly from the first-set defeat to record a 6-7, 6-2, 6-4 win over controversial Australian Nick Kyrgios.
In contrast, world number 3 Andy Murray had a relatively easy time, cruising into the quarters after registering a thumping 6-0, 6-4 win over Jeremy Chardy in a contest that lasted one hour and 17 minutes.