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Dominant Djokovic races past Lajovic in Monte Carlo

Dominant Djokovic races past Lajovic in Monte Carlo

The 31-year-old reclaimed the world number one spot at the end of last year and has continued to build on his steady progress battling back from an injury-ravaged couple of seasons.

Nadal's victory at Monte Carlo previous year made him the first men's tennis player in the Open era to win the same title 10 times. Unfortunately for Thiem, he was placed in Nadal's top half of the draw - as well as the unseeded Djokovic, whose potential level is impossible to assess - and has a problematic quarter-final in prospect.

"I love this event and the weather has been good".

"It's not great but, I mean, first match on clay, you know, I'm expecting (a) little soreness", said Nishikori.

"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.

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Swiss Marcel Hug won his fourth consecutive wheelchair division, clocking 1:46:26 to beat South African Ernst Van Dyk (1:47:14). Kirui slowed and stumbled across the Copley Square finish line 2:25 later, followed by Shadrack Biwott and three other US men.

Concerning his health and spontaneity in the game as he's about to return fully to action, he said: "I feel good", he said.

"Especially this year I didn't not finish one event so hopefully this one will not be the first!" "I'm practicing well; I am playing with the right intensity I think". "And I'm excited about that". This month, he stopped working with Andre Agassi and Radek Stepanek, the latest in a series of coaching changes for the 12-time major champion.

An intriguing clash between two young rising stars in the blockbuster first-round encounter at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters saw Karen Khachanov putting in a terrific clay-court masterclass display to oust the resurgent and tricky talent in Thanasi Kokkinakis, triumphing 7-5, 6-4 after a marathon 110-minutes, which could be considered lengthy for a straight-sets encounter.

Global tennis icon Rafael Nadal has spoken out about the prospective use of a 25-second shot clock at the upcoming US Open later this year. The Monte Carlo tournament launched his career as a scraggly-haired 16-year-old in 2003, although the sun had long set when he beat defending French Open champion Albert Costa under floodlights in the second round. The more free points, the better chance Bedene has of pulling off a rather big upset.

The 28-year-old, " who is producing his first monte-carlo appearance will face Russian Daniil Medvedev from the future round.


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