Published: Sat, April 20, 2019
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Djokovic avenges recent loss to Kohlschreiber at Monte Carlo

Djokovic avenges recent loss to Kohlschreiber at Monte Carlo

Nadal is looking to win the clay-court tournament for a record-extending 12th time and increase his Masters record to 34 titles.

Top-seeded Novak Djokovic avenged a stunning defeat last month to Philipp Kohlschreiber by outlasting the German 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 on Tuesday in the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters at Monaco.

Djokovic put forth a stronger effort while improving to 9-2 all-time against Kohlschreiber.

"I thought I should have maybe stepped in and played a bit more aggressive in the second set, but credit to him for mixing up the pace and playing well".

Djokovic was poor on serve against Kohlschreiber and he will have to be much better in the latter rounds. Lorenzo Sonego looks in good form and his win over Khachanov will ensure he enters this match filled with confidence.

That frustration boiled over in the second set, during a succession of breaks by both players, and his racket took the punishment. "After all the things that happened here to me, every time that I have the chance to be back here is great feelings and just trying to enjoy every one", said Nadal.

I've discussed several times that I find Tsitsipas rather over-rated on hard courts but on clay his stats suggest huge potential.

We also witnessed Rafa Nadal in predictably brutal mode on slow clay, dropping just two games in thrashing Roberto Bautista-Agut, giving confidence to those who were unconcerned about any potential fitness issues for the King of Clay, while Alexander Zverev was another victor as he got past Felix Auger-Aliassime, also via that 2-0 scoreline. "Hopefully I can play slightly better in the next round, because if I want to go deep in the tournament, I definitely have to up my game", the world No. 1 pointed out. That took a lot out of me.

Cameron Norrie also booked a spot in round three as he bagged a fine 7-6 (3), 6-3 victory over Marton Fucsovics.

No11 seed Marco Cecchinato came back from losing the first eight games of the match to beat former Monte-Carlo champion Stan Wawrinka, 0-6, 7-5, 6-3.

The fifth seed lost in straight sets to Pierre-Hugues Herbert in a shock result on Court Rainier III.

Stefanos Tsitsipas also beat Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3 7-5.

Fritz won 6-4, 6-2 against Diego Schwartzman and the 21-year-old American next plays top-ranked Novak Djokovic.

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