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|Serbia's Novak Djokovic returns a backhand to Spain's Alejandro Davidovich during their match of the Men's Italian Open at Foro Italico on May 13, 2021 in Rome, Italy.(Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP)|
The five-time Rome champion won through 6-2, 6-1 in 1hr 10min against the 48th-ranked Spaniard with the venue filled to 25 per cent of capacity.
"It was not good, it was great. I missed the crowd," said the 33-year-old Serb.
"It was nice to see them back."
After losing his opening service game, Djokovic powered back with five breaks of serve, outclassing his rival, despite a late fightback, to seal the win on his sixth match point.
"He started well, but I managed to break back straight away and establish the control and consistency.
"I thought I played at least 20-30 percent better than on Monday."
The 18-time Grand Slam winner next plays either Greek fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas or ninth seed Matteo Berrettini for a place in the semi-final.