Novak Djokovic wanted simply 74 minutes to dispatch his outdated rival Stan Wawrinka 6-2 6-2 and advance to the final eight in Rome. It was the primary assembly between the world No 1 and three-time Main champion since 2019, and the highest seed was barely troubled as he arrange a quarter-final conflict with Felix Auger-Aliassime to get one step nearer to retaining the world No 1 rating.Djokovic and Wawrinka had been assembly for the twenty sixth time, and the primary in virtually three years with the Swiss star getting back from a 12 months away from the tour and double foot surgical procedure. Their earlier assembly resulted in a retirement for the world No 1 on the 2019 US Open they usually had not performed a best-of-three set match for the reason that finish of 2015. It was a fast begin for the five-time Italian Open champion, who broke his outdated rival within the first recreation. However Wawrinka, who has dropped to world No 361 in his absence, was in a position to get a few video games on the scoreboard earlier than Djokovic broke once more to guide 5-2, serving out the opening set after half an hour.The previous world No 3 performed arguably his greatest recreation of the match thus far to open the second however misplaced the eight-minute battle as the highest seed prolonged his run of video games to 4, breaking on the first alternative. However a netted forehand from Djokovic gifted Wawrinka his first break level of the match within the very subsequent recreation although the three-time Main champion was unable to transform it, as Djokovic took a 2-0 lead.JUST IN: Nadal secretive over ATP’s Wimbledon assembly – ‘Not good to go public’The five-time former champion must get to the semi-finals to carry onto his world No 1 rating in any other case he’ll lose it to Daniil Medvedev, however is now only one match away from staying on high and guaranteeing himself the highest seeded place on the French Open. It was additionally the Serb’s first win over Wawrinka since their 2015 Paris-Bercy match, with the 37-year-old advancing through retirement on the 2019 US Open and overcoming Djokovic to win the US Open title again in 2016.Wawrinka will now head to subsequent week’s Geneva Open, his residence match the place he’s a former champion, earlier than heading to the French Open, the place he additionally a previous winner having beat Djokovic within the 2015 ultimate. The previous world No 3 had clinched his first tour-level victories in 15 months at this week’s Rome Masters.He downed 14th seed Reilly Opelka within the first spherical to safe his first match win for the reason that 2019 Australian Open earlier than following it up with one other three-set victory over Djokovic’s compatriot Laslo Djere.