26 April, 2017
Andy Murray slipped early on the clay once again in Monte Carlo, losing in three sets to Albert Ramos-Vinolas yesterday after blowing 4-0 lead in the third.
The world number one was not the only big name to bow out, as US Open champion Wawrinka was beaten 6-4 6-4 by Pablo Cuevas.
Rafael Nadal blew past Alexander Zverev at the Monte-Carlo Masters on Thursday, while Novak Djokovic had to work a bit harder against Pablo Carreno-Busta. Early exits at Australian Open and Indian Wells has not done his confidence any good but the Serb will be motivated to return to form on clay after having a boring season on hard courts. "I can not allow myself many more (matches like this) if I want to go far in this tournament", Djokovic said.
The 29-year-old Scot looked in full control before unravelling in a deciding set to lose 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 against the Spanish southpaw in the third round of the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters. The match featured 13 service breaks, including seven against Murray. Rarely does he let these winning positions slip.
Djokovic had won six games in a row when Carreno Busta sent a forehand long to go 2-0 down in the second set, but the Spaniard showed great character to battle his way back into the match as the favourite lost his way. Cuevas hit a sweet forehand victor down the line on the next point and raised his arms after beating Wawrinka in their first-ever meeting.
"Australia was five sets".
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"I played more aggressively and I played with a very high intensity from the beginning". Nadal reiterated his belief that Zverev has the potential to become No. 1.
Novak Djokovic will want to keep his preparations for the French Open to stay on course when the world number two faces off against the unsafe David Goffin in the quarterfinals of the Monte Carlo Masters on Friday.
He beat Carreno Busta 6-0, 6-1 here three years ago in the third round - their only previous meeting - but this was totally different.
Getting more and more frustrated, and with his first serve percentage plummeting, the world number one struggled to keep a lid on his self-directed anger as 4-0 turned into 4-4 and 0-40. Or rather, Djokovic gifted him the decisive point, missing an easy shot for deuce with a weak shot at the net.
Djokovic saved the first match point with an ace; the second one on his second serve; the third with a stinging forehand victor and a fourth when Goffin chopped a backhand into the net.