Djokovic beats Bautista Agut to reach Italian Open QFs

Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka reacts after losing a point during his match against John Isner, of the U.S. at the Italian Open tennis tou

Venus Williams of the United States returns the ball to Johanna Konta of Britain during their match at the Italian Open tennis tourname

ROME (AP) — Four-time champion Novak Djokovic beat Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 6-4 Thursday to ease into the quarterfinals of the Italian Open.

Djokovic seemed in full control when he went 3-1 up in the second set but allowed the Spaniard to fight back to 4-4 before going on to seal the match.

Djokovic next faces either Kei Nishikori or Juan Martin Del Potro.

Third-seeded Stan Wawrinka went out of the tournament after losing 7-6 (1), 6-4 to American John Isner, who served up 19 aces in their match.

Fellow American Jack Sock will be hoping to pull off an even bigger shock when he takes on Rafael Nadal later.

In the women's draw, Venus Williams beat Johanna Konta 6-1, 3-6, 6-1.