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Djokovic thrashes Lajovic in Monte Carlo opener

16 April 2018, 10:31 | Henrietta Morgan

Djokovic thrashes Lajovic in Monte Carlo opener

Djokovic thrashes Lajovic in Monte Carlo opener

Novak Djokovic has advanced to the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters after recording a comfortable 6-0 6-1 win over Dusan Lajovic to whet appetites for a potential showdown against Rafael Nadal.

The ninth-seeded Serb won in only 57 minutes despite having to save break points in three consecutive service games in the second set, including two when serving for the match.

Quizzed on whether he was anxious about suffering another setback when he returns to the ATP Tour at the Monte Carlo Masters in the coming week, Nadal said: "Well it happened twice so you never know".

Notably, Djokovic parted ways with coach Andre Agassi earlier this month while Radek Stepanek also followed the latter's way out of his coaching team.

In a battle of two former Grand Slam finalists, Nishikori raced through the final two sets to progress with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 victory.

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Nowhere more so than Monte Carlo where past year he became the first player to win the same ATP tournament 10 times. "I'm lacking matches and a bit of confidence on court. But I'm looking ahead".

Former Wimbledon runner-up Milos Raonic had to come back from losing the first set to Monegasque wildcard Lucas Catarina, while French veteran Julien Benneteau bowed out of his final appearance in Monaco at the first hurdle with a straight-sets defeat by Coric.

Mischa Zverev overcame a mid-match blip to defeat Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-2 6-7 (4) 6-1 and reach the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters on Sunday.

But playing in familiar surroundings, Djokovic broke five times and sent Lajovic scrambling to cover the wide dispersal of his powerful groundstrokes from his own baseline.

Nishikori, like Djokovic, needs time on court after only recently returning from a torn tendon in his right wrist.

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Many are sure to question Roger's decision, but past year it seemed to pay off for the Swiss, as he returned from a break to claim the Halle Open title, as well as winning the prestigious Wimbledon in June.

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

Other winners included Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain, Milos Raonic of Canada, Andrey Rublev of Russian Federation, and Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain. Donaldson ranted at the chair umpire over a line call and then squared up to him as he continued to argue.

This will be his first meeting against the 21-year-old Khachanov, who is ranked No. 40.

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