Djokovic advances easily in Monte Carlo

Rafael Nadal Novak Djokovic

It was under the Slovakian that Djokovic experienced his greatest successes, and he will be desperate to get the good times rolling once more, but faces an extremely tough draw. Next up for Djokovic is a meeting with Borna Coric in the second round, as the Croatian beat Julien Benneteau on Monday.

His 10th in Monte-Carlo title last year-courtesy of a remarkable 63-4 record at the tournament-was his 50th clay-court title and his 70th career title. He also joined forces with Milos Raonic's former coach Riccardo Piatti and hired Kristijan Schneider as a second coach, Dalibor Sirola as his fitness coach and Claudio Zimaglia as his physio. "It's obvious that sometimes when you play a rally with 56 shots as I did with Novak (Djokovic) a couple of years ago in the final (US Open 2013), you can not expect a good point if you have 25 seconds on the next point", said the 16-time Grand Slam champion.

After serving well in his opening game, Djokovic latched on to a couple of loose shots from his compatriot and was ruthless. And because he trails Nadal by only 100 points, the Spaniard has to defend his Monte-Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid titles to stay at the top.

And with a familiar hand providing guidance off court, the local resident looked comfortably at home on it as he completely dominated his 27-year-old opponent. It was a long way back for Lajovic, who was struggling to find any momentum. The match took 18 games to be decided. Eventually, Berdych outlasted Nishikori to take the opener 6-4. Nadal did beat high-level players in a straightforward fashion in the Davis Cup but his first tour-level match may throw out a little more pressure for the 10-time champion in the principality.

Elsewhere, Spanish duo Roberto Bautista Agut and Albert Ramos Vinolas were both impressive in two-set wins over Peter Gojowczyk and Jared Donaldson, respectively.

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He then returned in mid-June at the grass court tournament in Stuttgart, losing the first match there before clinching victories at Halle and Wimbledon.

Nadal would go on and win the 2016 iteration of the event. He might even have made the win more comfortable.

Thiem has reached the French Open semifinals for the past two years.

In the second round later Tuesday, fourth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria faced Pierre-Hugues Herbert and seventh-seeded Lucas Pouille played Mischa Zverev.

It was a day to forget at the Monte Carlo Masters for Thanasi Kokkinakis, who suffered a fall before tumbling out in the first round to Karen Khachanov.

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