Rome: Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic brushed aside their opponents to reach the quarterfinals while Rafael Nadal was made to sweat before reaching the final eight of the Rome Masters.

Second seed Roger Federer saw off the challenge from French Gilles Simon 6-1, 6-2 to continue his pursuit of a maiden final in 2013. He will now play Jerzy Janowicz, who beat Richard Gasquet 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-4 on Thursday.

World no.1 Djokovic dispatched Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-1, 6-4.The 2008 and 2011 winner used 60 minutes to wrap up the win and will next play sixth seed Tomas Berdych, who extended his perfect record to 8-0 against Kevin Anderson in a 7-5, 6-2 win in 84 minutes.

Djokovic ran through the first set in 29 minutes, losing just two of his 17 first service points, and got off to a good start in second. He met some serious challenge in the sixth game having to save two break points before ultimately securing victory.

Six-time champion Rafael Nadal overcame a fierce challenge from Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis and reached the quarterfinals with a 1-6, 7-5, 6-4 win.

The fifth seed will next face fourth-seeded David Ferrer, who advanced when Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany withdrew because of dizziness.


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