Djokovic survives Simon shock during Monaco
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NOVAK Djokovic survived a second-round shock to kick Frenchman Gilles Simon during a Monte Carlo Masters.
Simon served for a compare during 5-4 in a third set yet universe No.2 Djokovic pennyless behind before violation again to secure feat in only over dual and a half hours. Djokovic, leader of a eventuality in 2013 and 2015, forced 16 mangle points in a compare and took 6 of them, yet mislaid 5 of a 6 he faced on his possess serve. He done a breaks when they mattered yet and clinched feat from his initial compare indicate to swell 6-3 3-6 7-5.
“It was a really formidable match, with many changes of momentum,” Djokovic said. “It was really overpowering for me, a initial clay of a season.” Sixth-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was a vital misadventure of a day, losing to associate Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-7 (7-6) 6-2 6-3. Another Frenchman, 11th seed, Lucas Pouille modernized with palliate with a 6-2 6-4 feat over American Ryan Harrison.
Rising Croatian star Borna Coric couldn’t keep his good form going after his lass pretension win in Marrakech final week. He fell to French wildcard Jeremy Chardy 7-6 (7-3) 3-6 6-3.
Others to pierce by to a second turn enclosed Tour veterans Feliciano Lopez and Tommy Haas.
Spaniard Lopez claimed a parsimonious 7-6 (8-6) 7-5 feat over Russian Daniil Medvedev, while German Haas demolished Benoit Paire 6-2 6-3. The 39-year-old Haas relieved to get a win during a contest he hasn’t played during in many, many years.
“I consider 2004 was a final time we played here. Who did we remove to? Geez, we forgot…Xavier Malisse… exactly,” Haas mused.
“I’m really happy about this win, really happy to get another possibility to go out there again and keep operative on my tennis diversion when it counts.”
Late on in a day Belgian 10th seed David Goffin assimilated Djokovic in a third turn with a 7-5 6-1 win over maestro Spaniard Nicolas Almagro.
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