The tennis world number two Novak Djokovic enjoyed a comfortable return from a wrist injury by beating Radek Stepanek in straight sets 6-3 7-5 at the Italian Open where Roger Federer will return to action after his wife gave birth to twins.
Federer, who plays his opening match tomorrow, says he decided to compete in Rome after talking to his wife, Mirka, who gave birth to their second set of twins last week.
Djokovic, the second seed, missed the recent Madrid Open through injury but appeared in good condition on his return to action.
The Serb, watched by new coach Boris Becker, dropped serve three times but was still too strong for his Czech opponent.
He will play German Philipp Kohlschreiber or Spain's Tommy Robredo in the last 16.
Rafa Nadal and Andy Murray will join Federer in action on Thursday.