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Djokovic survives first set blip to advance into Monte Carlo quarters
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On Thursday at Court Central, when Juan Monaco won the first set against Novak Djokovic, questions were popping up as to whether the World No. 1 will be the third man among the top four seeded players to bow out of the Monte Carlo Masters held in the European country of Monaco.
However, the Serb kept his cool and pursued on his task with his usual grit and determination to finally defeat the Argentine opponent in three sets in a third-round encounter that lasted for atleast 2 hours and 2 minutes.
Djokovic who faced initial problems to establish the rhythm in the opening set registered a 4-6, 6-2, 6- 2 victory against the 29-year-old opponent. The first set started in a positive way for the Argentine. Monaco took 46 minutes to estalish a one-set lead against the Serb who struggled to keep pace with the World No. 20. At that moment, it seemed Monaco might produce another big uspet at the clay court event.
However, Monaco's hope to pull up a stunning victory did not last long as the Serb became a totally different player in the second set. Djokovic who called a doctor and a trainer at the onset of the second set limited the unforced errors and began to exert more pressure on the fourteenth-seeded Latin American.
The third set proved to be even more frustrating for Monaco who lost six straight games to allow Djokovic establish a 3-0 lead in the final set at one time. All in all, Djokovic hit a total number of 25 winners compared to ten by the Argentine. The Serb also broke Monaco for seven times during the third round match while Monaco managed to extract four break of serve from the Serb. Still, with higher number of errors flowing from Monaco's racquet on a regular basis, there was nothing to stop the World No. 1 from advancing into the next round of the prestigious clay court event.
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