Nadal, Djokovic into the third round in Monte Carlo

Florence Fletcher
April 19, 2018

If Djokovic, a former world No.1, wins his upcoming matches, he may face current world No.1 Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals. However, Ćorić then replaced his mistakes with precision strikes that found Djokovic less responsive, and the result was Ćorić's return to the set. "Obviously it takes a little bit of time", said Djokovic.

The start of the match went to Ćoric's quest for tactics to counter the two-time victor of Monte Carlo, where the 21-year-old player from Zagreb made too many mistakes and allowed Djokovic to break with a 4-1 advantage. "I made some small minor changes that actually in our world are quite significant".

Djokovic, ranked 13 after coming back from elbow surgery previous year, produced another promising performance to beat a battling Borna Coric in straight sets but spurned nine match points before eventually sealing victory.

But the 39th-ranked Coric saved two match points on his own serve, before fighting back from 40-0 down as Djokovic struggled to get over the line as he served for the match.

Djokovic has won the title twice, including when he ended Nadal's 46-match winning streak by winning the 2013 title.

RAFAEL Nadal took just 79 minutes to seal a straightforward comeback victory against Aljaz Bedene in the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters.

The 16-time grand slam victor, like Djokovic, is looking for a record 31st Masters title, and he swatted aside Bedene for the loss of only four games.

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Bedene, who switched his allegiance back to Slovenia from Britain earlier this year, put up some resistance in the second set, but Nadal broke through in Game 7.

The Japanese who has missed a major chunk of the season so far due to a wrist injury played fluently to defeat Danille Medvedev 7-5, 6-2.

Djokovic prevailed 7-6, 7-5 in two hours and 16 minutes.

Thiem is playing in his first tournament since suffering an ankle injury at Indian Wells last month.

"All I (could) do was just fight and find a way to win, how doesn't really matter".

His reward for the comprehensive victory is a clash with Russia's Karen Khachanov after the 21-year-old impressively downed Gilles Simon 6-2 6-2.

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