Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

Novak Djokovic rues rushing injury comeback after winning start in Monte Carlo

Novak Djokovic rues rushing injury comeback after winning start in Monte Carlo

It has to be said that we will have to wait for the second round match against Borna Coric to see Novak's real form at the moment as Dusan showed nothing that could harm his great compatriot, dropping nearly 70% of the points in his games and suffering five breaks of serve that sealed the deal for Djokovic in no time at all. Andre Agassi and Radek Stepanek left his camp, while former coach Marian Vajda - who he parted ways with a year ago - was drafted back in on a trial basis.

Maintaining that Monday's win is a "great start" to the ongoing clay-court tournament, the two-time champion also expressed delight at joining hands with Marian Vajda, almost an year after parting ways with his long-time coach. His reward for this 6-0 6-1 demolition job will be a much tougher-looking second-round meeting with Borna Coric, the athletic young Croatian who is in the form of his life.

Nadal, who insists he feels injury-free, has a first-round bye and will play Aljaz Bedene or Mirza Basic in round two.

Lajovic had his chances in the second, creating break-point opportunities in three consecutive Djokovic service games as the two-time Monte Carlo champion threw in two double faults.

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Here's a look at the main talking points ahead of the action on the red dirt of the Principality.

Kei Nishikori reached the second round by beating Tomas Berdych 4-6, 6-2, 6-1. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)Following the health status of the Tennis favourite and world number one, Rafael Nadal is most certain to play on the clay court this week. Djokovic won 6-2, 6-4 in the second round and went on to win the tournament.

"Considering I haven't played many matches I thought I played well".

"Under the circumstances and considering I haven't played too many official matches, I thought I played well, started the tournament well".

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

Lajovic played that way, especially in the first set. That injury ruled him out of the U.S. Open then the Australian Open. "I missed him. I have a feeling that he missed me or tennis or both", he said after his first-round win.

Milos Raonic and Roberto Bautista Agut were also winners.

Donaldson was seen shouting in Gabas' face after calling him on to court. The 20-year-old broke 2012 quarter-finalist Haase in a 20-point game and will next challenge fifth-seeded Austrian Dominic Thiem.

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Donaldson eventually lost 6-3 6-3 and apologised to Ramos-Vinolas but refused to shake Gabas' hand.

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