Rome, Italy (Sports Network) - Two-time champion and two-time runner-up Novak Djokovic was an easy second-round winner Tuesday at the Italian Masters tennis event, a clay-court French Open tune-up.
The world No. 1 star blew past Spanish qualifier Albert Montanes 6-2, 6-3 at beautiful Foro Italico.
Djokovic lost to six-time winner Rafael Nadal in last year's blockbuster finale in Rome.
Also in the second round, ninth-seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet handled rising Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, 6-4, 6-4. Dimitrov stunned the mighty Djokovic in the second round at last week's Masters event in Madrid.
In first-round action in Rome involving seeds, Frenchman Julien Benneteau upset No. 12 Spaniard Nicolas Almagro 7-6 (7-2), 6-4 and Russian Mikhail Youzhny took out No. 13 Tommy Haas 6-4, 6-3.
Also in round one, Spaniard Fernando Verdasco edged out Argentine Horacio Zeballos 6-3, 3-6, 6-3; Serb Viktor Troicki overcame Czech lucky-loser Lukas Rosol 3-6, 6-1, 6-4; Frenchman Jeremy Chardy came back to beat Spain's Feliciano Lopez 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-4); and Frenchman Gilles Simon outlasted wild card and Italian favorite Filippo Volandri 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.
The 2013 Rome winner will take home $660,000.