Nadal And Djokovic Seal Monte Carlo Progression

Thiem saves match point in victory over Rublev

Former world number one Novak Djokovic needed ten match points to break the resistance of the diligent Borna Ćorić, but with 7-6 (2), 7-5, he defeated the Croatian Davis Cup representative in the second round of the ATP Masters 1000 Series tournament in Monte Carlo, reports on April 18, 2018.

That triumph was the 12-time grand slam champion's first since the Australian Open in January and he followed it up with a 7-6 (7-2) 7-5 triumph over Coric to set up a clash with Dominic Thiem.

Djokovic - seeded ninth at an event he has twice won - will face Austria's fifth seed Dominic Thiem on Thursday for a quarter-final place. "But I'm happy that I played two hours and 40 (minutes)".

"Every match that I have the chance to win is great news because it's confidence and is a chance to play another day, and that's what I need".

Nishikori, down to 36 in the rankings, received on-court treatment for a sore wrist but battled his way into round two in his first appearance in the tournament for six years. "I will now rest and prepare for tomorrow, when I hope to play well".

Third seed Alexander Zverev also fell behind to Luxemburger Gilles Muller, before coming through 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. "But I'm looking forward to watching Djokovic and Coric in front of the TV and then playing the victor on Thursday".

But the break finally arrived for Nadal in the seventh game of the set and, despite falling 30-0 down on his own serve in the next, the Spaniard held before wrapping up the win with his fourth match point. I feel like Tomas was struggling a little bit in second, and third too.

Thiem made the most of the reprieve, breaking him with backhand pass down the line and holding for 6-5.

Seventh seed Pouille, a semi-finalist previous year, eased through the first set but Zverev hit back to claim a 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7/3) victory and reach the third round for the first time in his career.

Fabio Fognini (ITA) bt Ilya Ivashka (BLR) 6-4, 7-5. To think about and talk about potentially a match-up with Nadal.

He lost just three points on serve in the first set and returned superbly, showing no mercy on his compatriot in a one-sided encounter watched by a crowd of 10,200.

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