Novak Djokovic (ATP 13) has the start of the gravelseizoen not missed. In the Masters 1.000 tournament of Monte Carlo (4.872.105 euro) placed the Serb for the third round (eighth-finals). He had ten match balls.
The 30-year-old Djokovic was knocked out Wednesday, the 21-year-old Croatian talent Borna Coric (ATP 39) in two sets. It was 7-6 (7/2) 7-5 after 2 hours and 16 minutes of tennis. At 5-4, missing ‘Nole’ no less than nine matchpunten. Then it was at 6-5, however, immediately touch.
In the eighth-finals awaits the Austrian Dominic Thiem (ATP 7).
Djokovic won the title in Monte Carlo in 2013 and 2015, but is this year just an outsider for the tournament. The Serb is looking after a lot of injuries, including a elleboogoperatie, even to his best form. On the past Masters to 1,000 events in Indian Wells and Miami (on hard courts), he had to every time after a match pack.
The former world number 1 and twaalfvoudig grandslamkampioen broke with his coaches, Andre Agassi, and Radek Stepanek, and then turned back to Marian Vajda, who gave him between 2006 and 2017 accompanied. It seems that renewed cooperation to bear fruit. In his seizoensdebuut on the gravel allowed Djokovic compatriot Dusan Lajovic (ATP 93) Monday, barely a game.