ATP Montecarlo Rolex Masters: Djokovic survives scare

After 3 days at Monte Carlo, the seeds are 11-1 so far. The seed number 2, Djokovic, number 10, David Goffin, and number 16 Pablo Cuevas are into R16. The number 7 seed, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, got knocked out today, as Adrian Mannarino, a qualifier, knocked him out in 3 sets. Also, Novak Djokovic was taken to the edge by Gilles Simon today, as the French man lost in 3 sets. Simon made the Serb do anything he could, in order to make him struggle with the service games and the crosscourt forehands. The Frenchman, though may be ranked 32 in the world, but he has always been a threat to the top seeds like Djokovic and Roger Federer also, against whom he has two victories, and the Swiss maestro has only been able to defeat him only once in straight sets. With a record of 6-6 Win-Loss year to date, he has slipped down two ranks.

 The Belgian number, David Goffin made a great comeback in the first set from being down at 1-5, to coming back up and winning the set, and eventually the match, 7-5, 6-1, over the aggressive Almagro. The world number 13 has a 19-7 Win-Loss record year to date, and he has also sent Belgium into the Davis Cup semi-finals, early this month. 

The oldest player in the fixture, the 39-year-old Tommy Haas, registered a win against Benoit Paire in straight sets. The world number 655 took only 70 minutes to knock out the world number 40. Paire could only take 2 games in the first set and 3 in the second. The doubles specialists pair of Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hughes Herbert lost their respective R64 matches to Karen Khachanov and Carlos Berlocq respectively. 

The wild card vs a wild card match between Borna Coric and Jeremy Chardy was won by the Marrakech champion, in 3 sets. Feliciano Lopez won the first-round match against Daniil Medvedev of Russia, who is probably the youngest player in the entire fixture, being a teenager. Also, the nextGen player, Alexander Zverev’s elder brother, Mischa Zverev lost to Jiri Vesely, in straight sets. Another German, a qualifier at Monte Carlo, Jan-Lennard Struff, won his match against the wild card player Casper Ruud.

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