Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Djokovic survives - Tsonga out

Novak Djokovic's start to his Monte Carlo campaign was anything but auspicious, requiring three sets and a comeback from break down in the decider against Frenchman Gilles Simon in the second round.

The number two seed will have to lift his game in order to advance much further, remembering that he lost in the second round last year.
Next up will likely be Pablo Carreno Busta.

Other successful seeds through to the third round were David Goffin (10) and Pablo Cuevas (16).
Not so lucky was 7th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who fell to fellow Frenchman and qualifier Adrian Mannarino.

After taking the opening set in a tight tie break, Tsonga went missing in the second, his serve virtually impotent against a confident Mannarino.
61 % of points on Tsonga's first serve and half of the points on his second serve flowed the way of Mannarino and so did three service breaks.
6-2 and momentum to the underdog, 

The trend continued in set three as Tsonga had no answer, the match score in Mannarino's favour 6-7 6-2 6-3.

First round matches were completed and amongst them Borna Coric suffered a let down after winning his first ATP title last week, toppled by Jeremy Chardy, ten years his senior.
In another win for the veterans, Tommy Haas, aged 39 and ranked 655 in the world, playing just his sixth ATP match for the year, took Benoit Paire to the cleaners in straight sets 6-2 6-3.

Tomorrow features Murray, Wawrinka, Nadal, Cilic, Thiem, Berdych and Dimitrov in their first outings as the tournament starts to heat up.

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