Djokovic struggles through Monaco test
Novak Djokovic was forced to come from a set down to beat Juan Monaco 4-6 6-2 6-3 and reach the quarter-finals of the Rome Masters.
The Serbian ace is looking to get back on track after being dumped out of the Madrid Masters last week in the quarter-finals by compatriot Janko Tipsarevic.
Having been frustrated with the surface of the court in Spain last week it looked as though the wind could be the undoing of the world number one in Rome as he struggled in blustery conditions, dropping the first set.
However, after breaking a racket and receiving a warning from the umpire, Djokovic rediscovered his focus, dropping just five games as he cruised through the next two sets.
Djokovic will now face either fifth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or 10th seed Juan Martin Del Potro in the quarter-finals.
Elsewhere, David Ferrer could be Andy Murray's next opponent after he booked his place in the last eight with a routine 6-0 7-6 win over 11th seed Gilles Simon.
Last week's Madrid Masters runner-up Tomas Berdych is also through after he got the better of 12th seed Nicolas Almagro 7-6 6-3.