Day 4 of the Rome Masters was a bit anti-climactic as two top players in the form of Stanislas Wawrinka and Andy Murray ended up withdrawing with injuries. Defending champion Rafael Nadal continued his campaign with a dominating victory over homeboy Fabio Fognini in straight sets. The only excitement of the day came in the way of Jerzy Janowicz’s upset of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and 4th seed David Ferrer's three set win against compatriot Fernanando Verdasco.
Rafael Nadal continued his brilliant return to tennis after his 7 month long absence from the ATP Tour with another comprehensive victory in the 2nd round of the 2013 Italian Open. The win came against local hope and world no. 25 Fabio Fognini after a little over an hour on court 6-1, 6-2.