Cilic rolls in Rome opener

10:50 AM, May 13, 2013   |    comments
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Rome, Italy (Sports Network) - World No. 13 Marin Cilic was an easy opening-round winner Monday at the Italian Masters tennis event, a clay-court French Open tune-up.

The 11th-seeded Croatian slugger handled Kazakhstani qualifier Andrey Golubev 6-4, 6-2 at beautiful Foro Italico.

Talented Latvian Ernests Gulbis advanced by beating veteran Finnish left- hander Jarkko Nieminen, 6-2, 7-6 (8-6).

Also on Day 2, Italian Potito Starace overcame Czech Radek Stepanek 4-6, 6-4, 6-3; Russian qualifier Andrey Kuznetsov topped Belgian Xavier Malisse 6-2, 3-1, retired; France's Benoit Paire outlasted Argentine Juan Monaco 7-6 (7-4), 1-6, 6-4; and Spaniard Albert Ramos dismissed Czech qualifier Jan Hajek 7-5, 6-0. The wild card Starace is rewarded with a second-round match against the great Roger Federer.

Six-time champion Rafael Nadal beat 2011 titlist and two-time winner Novak Djokovic in last year's marquee Rome finale.

The "Big Four" of Djokovic, Federer, Andy Murray, and Nadal are all on hand this week. The clay-court king Nadal was last week's Masters champion in Madrid.

The 2013 Rome winner will take home $660,000.

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