Djokovic Returns Tuesday In Monte Carlo; Seeds 6-0 Led By Zverev Domination, Berdych Comeback
by Staff | April 17th, 2017, 6:20 pm
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On the first full day of play at Monte Carlo, the seeds went 6-0 led by former finalist Tomas Berdcyh’s 3-set comeback win. Berdych, who made the final in 2015 losing to Novak Djokovic, dropped the first set before winning the next two to deny qualifier Alex Kuznetsov 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Berdych will await the winner of the Paire-Haas match scheduled for tomorrow.

Germany phenom Alexander Zverev rolled in his opener dominating veteran Andreas Seppi 6-1, 6-2. Zverev, who could meet Rafael Nadal in the third round, will face either Feliciano Lopez or Daniil Medvedev on Wednesday.

“I like playing on clay,” said Zverev. “It’s the surface I grew up on. In Europe, you play most of the season on clay. I actually don’t know what my favorite surface is, and I don’t actually have a least favorite surface. It more depends on how I play during the time. It more depends on which form I’m in, more than the surface.”

Other seeded winners included Spaniards Roberto Bautista Agut, Alberto Ramos-Vinolas and Pablo Carreno Busta along with Pablo Cuevas.

Kyle Edmund upended Dan Evans 7-5, 6-1 in the Battle of the Brits. Edmund now meets Nadal on Wednesday.

“It’s a good opportunity for me,” said Edmund of facing Nadal. “I’ve never played Rafa. I mean, this tournament, as well, is such a successful tournament for him, winning nine times. He obviously loves playing here, very comfortable conditions. So, for me, it will be a great opportunity.”

And Bernard Tomic struggles continued as the Australian fell to Diego Schwartzman 6-1, 7-6(3). It was Tomic’s sixth straight loss and his 10th in his last 12 matches.

On tap Tuesday, 2-time champion and Monte Carlo resident Novak Djokovic returns to ATP level tennis against French veteran Gilles Simon. Djokovic hasn’t won a title since Doha.

“The elbow is fine now. I’ve been training for the past couple of weeks, playing Davis Cup and making the transition to clay that’s very demanding for the body,” Djokovic said. “I was skeptical of how my elbow would react to the heavy balls on clay, but it’s been good so far,” said Djokovic. “I’ve paid a lot of attention to recovery since having to miss Miami and am now in shape to compete. My Davis Cup match went really well. It was my best serving match in the past six or seven months, so hopefully it can keep going well here.”

Simon is joined by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Lucas Pouille and Jeremy Chardy.

TUESDAY MONTE CARLO SCHEDULE
COURT RAINIER III start 11:00 am
[11] L. Pouille (FRA) vs R. Harrison (USA)
[Q] A. Mannarino (FRA) vs [7] J. Tsonga (FRA)
G. Simon (FRA) vs [2] N. Djokovic (SRB)
N. Almagro (ESP) vs [10] D. Goffin (BEL)

COURT DES PRINCES start 11:00 am
G. Muller (LUX) vs [PR] T. Robredo (ESP)
B. Paire (FRA) vs [PR] T. Haas (GER)
[WC] B. Coric (CRO) vs [WC] J. Chardy (FRA)
J. Sousa (POR) vs [16] P. Cuevas (URU)


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57 Comments for Djokovic Returns Tuesday In Monte Carlo; Seeds 6-0 Led By Zverev Domination, Berdych Comeback

Van Persie Says:

Looks like Nole is doing a good job with Viktor in doubles. I am used to see Novak losing first rounds, when he’s playing doubles.
Hope he wins against Gilles today, like he did also yesterday.

Would be cool to see a Rafa – Sascha match in the 3 round. Think they did not meet on clay yet.


Daniel Says:

Damm it, djoko was up a break 2-1 in second set and now is 5-2 Simon. Hope he regroups for third.


courbon Says:

I dont knw Daniel what a heck is going on with Novak…I keep signing that Eminem tune: Will the real slim Novak please show up…please show up…”


Van Persie Says:

Just got home and can watch this. Really wish he wins this one


Van Persie Says:

A break would be good for Nole now…and a Kit Kat.


RZ Says:

@VP – no Kit Kat for Nole. It has gluten in it. :-)


RZ Says:

The word that comes to my mind when I think of Giles Simon is “pesky.”


Van Persie Says:

RZ, and also no break so far :(


RZ Says:

@VP – he did get one, not soon enough but just in time.


Van Persie Says:

30-30 a chance now


Van Persie Says:

MP Nole, come on


RZ Says:

That’s a good win for Djokovic. Gilles Simon never makes things easy.


Van Persie Says:

Hehe RZ, I promise I’ll have the KitKat, since Nole is not allowed ;)


RZ Says:

VP – you deserve a break. Enjoy the Kit Kat! :-)


skeezer Says:

Good win for Novak, it should provide a good base going forward, As RZ said, Gilles can be a very tricky opponent, a good tactician and counter puncher.


RZ Says:

Guess who else won today? Tommy Haas! Doing some (minor) damage on the farewell tour.


Van Persie Says:

Yep, 2 sets against Paire. Was surprised


Colin Says:

A quick look at the stats for this match might suggest Nole is still not back to his best, but in fact it was rather that Gilles played very well, though in the end he seemed to lose his nerve,which was surprising in itself for one so experienced.


skeezer Says:

Agreed Colin, and Gilles looked like he expended a lot more energy(looked tired after he broke Novak late in the third)than Novak. Didn’t think Novak looked very good either, a lot of uncharacteristic UE’s. Guess we’ll see. Just thought for him to get through a quality player like Simon this early would bode well for his confidence, which has not been there as of late.


DC Says:

Well played Djokovic. Though he didn’t play great, he did the job and probably got rid of little bit of the rust.
However , i don’t think we will see the Nole of the first half of 2016 anytime soon . He hasn’t got the intensity, he behaves different and i think its going to reflect in his results.
Maybe a encounter with Nadal will rejuvenate him.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

How was Novak serving? He seems to be indicating that had been affected by the elbow.

What a generation of Frenchman we’ll be losing in the next couple years: Simon, Tsonga,Monfils, Gasquet. All 4 made the top ten, and all 4 continue to take periodic runs at it all these years since their arrival. What a gap in French tennis they’ll leave behind. Pouille? anyone else?

Similarly with the Spanish Armada. Although Rafa may still be a force for a couple more years, the Spanish are definitely on the downslope of their historic greatness.

We’ve historically had very strong cohorts from these countries plus the U.S. Countries like Czech Republic, Sweden, Serbia, or Switzerland can have strong DC teams once in a while- you just need 2 top players, But I don’t think any of them have had the historic consistency and depth of U.S., France and Spain. Are we entering a more internationally equitable era of tennis? Or am I overestimating Spain and France’s historic strength?


RZ Says:

@TV – Maybe overestimating for Spain? I don’t think they have had many strong cohorts prior to Ferrero, Moya, and company (admittedly I haven’t done the research on this). I think U.S. and France have had several strong cohorts.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

RZ, don’t know about 80′s or 70′s, but before Rafa, Juan Carlos Ferrero was #1. Before him, Moya was #1. Before him, Sergei Brugeira was pretty darn good. Didn’t young Connors have a nemesis who was Spanish?


lakie Says:

Tennis is becoming more international. Earlier the slam countries ( US, Australia, France and UK) used to dominate. UK faded out first, don’t know why. Unsuitable weather? Unsuitable culture?


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Australia! Ha! How’d I forget them?? The original super-power.


skeezer Says:

^lol


skeezer Says:

TV,
Re: Novaks serve. Errr..looked ok I guess. Still don’t like his elbow position on the prep.


Daniel Says:

Was only able to watch first two games. When he got broken in his first official clay serve game to start the match I felt he was still not settled, with 3 straight BH errors. Than he broke back and I thought oirder was restored.

Even if it is an ugly win, what matters is that he won. I think nothing is better for him at this point to get some tuff victories, get battle ready, win the close matches. This is what boost confidence and he can play himself into form. Probably Carreno Busta next than Thiem / Goffin. If he beats them to face Nadal in semis, he will be ready and in contention for the title.


RZ Says:

@TV, with Spain I went back to Ferrero and Moya in my previous post as a cohort. I guess you could count Bruguera as part of a cohort, but his contemporary countrymen weren’t really all that strong in the way you describe in your first post about this. There have been other good Spanish players (e.g., Manuel Orantes) but I don’t recall them being talked about as part of a group of countrymen we way we sometimes hear about the French Musketeers.

BTW, I think you could add Germany as having occasional cohorts. Becker and Stich being the most prominent in recent memory.


J.S. Says:

HEY Teenis X fans…..
Here is what I know!! LOL – Not much!!!

Went Tuesday to Monte Carlo…super fun, and long lines to get in, over an hour! Could have been shorter but some “French” like to cut lines! Anyway, it was a great day, very small venue, I have 3rd row seats, but no seats are bad!! It’s stunning looking at the sea!!

Rafa’s practice had more people than the stadium and I am not kidding but they lined up after practice to get a glimpse/Autograph….He had thousands of fans, women crying (LOL not me) etc. He was very gracious and I am not sure how security handled it! Rafa played a little mini set with Tsonga (obviously it didnt help Tsonga) but Rafa was in good form during practice! I have pics if you are interested?

I have been to other tournaments and this is the ONLY one that just serves baguettes. Not a lot of options in food…maybe the VIP is a better choice, I will find out! Will figure out how to get there and see if food is better – ??

Bottle of water is 4 euros, beer 6 and a glass on wine 10.
I learned you can bring in your own food/drinks….so I am set for tomorrow!

Sold my ticket for todays matches (almost paid for my trip, haha) Because I am not interested in Djokovic and was hoping he wouldnt pull it out, I made the right choice!!! I COULD like him if he would stop with the praying to the crowd shennigans after he wins….Serioulsy makes me want to puke! But, glad I sold mine for today!

Tomorrow is a great day! I have my Nadal hat, monte carlo straw hat ($25E not bad) and I am ready!

Wawrinka, Murray, Nadal, Dimitrov….Can you say AWESOMENESS????? So excited for the games! If you want to know anything about MC Rolex Tourney just ask me and I will try to find out! I’m here until Monday – day after the finals….
PEACE FRIENDS!!!


J.S. Says:

Odd the above mentioned dont play until tomorrow. It will be fast and furious for the finals. And, no single matches on Friday….I might be missing something here, how hey will pull this off! :)


the_mind_reels Says:

@J.S. that is some pretty legendary reporting on your time at the MC Rolex Masters…please keep the hilarious posts coming ;)


J.S. Says:

haha I almost drank ice tea but it was more expensive than a beer……….LOL


Truth Says:

Djoker in mediocre fitness and mental health mode, as in June 2011-September 2012.
What is he doing? I guess he loves bowing down to his worst enemies and then disappears.

Simon, although not a weak player at all, hasn’t done tremendously well in Masters or Slams in 4 years. It is very foolish for Djoker to act like Simon plays his best match of all time every time Djoker faces him.


J-Kath Says:

J.S. I was taking another leave of absence from Tennis X but I took a last look and saw your post. Envy you for tomorrow.

Having put myself on a budget, I’m not sure about costs in Monte Carlo…would love to go next year rather than FO (too late in the season for my sun-sensitive skin) – MC takes place earlier which would suit me better.

Great to hear from you. Hope Andy doesn’t go down with another bout of simmering Shingles — and for you that Nadal shows his style (sorri Kyle).

Cheers
Kath


chrisford1 Says:

How soon we all forget.
Last year, last time they met (4th Round at the Australian Open), Gilles Simon just gave the Invincible Nole of Back Then, fits. Made him look bad. That was a 5 setter and the consensus was that Djoko just tunk up the court that day. Only disagreements were by Simon (“You try playing Novak if you think I should have won. It isn’t easy. ” ) And Novak more analytical, explaining in his presser that he wasn’t playing great, but Simon deserved all credit for making him look bad. Simon unravelled his game plan and was able to hit back enough stuff ‘it was like playing Andy’.


J.S. Says:

Sweet Kath….this place isn’t more expensive than FO but I am solo! So I can pick/choose when and where I want to eat (food is important to me) LOL
So surpised at options for food….

I am rooting for Nadal and Murray! Just hope one make it to finals….prefer MY RAFA!!


J.S. Says:

chrisford1
I agree with your post and think Djok might be in trouble! Seriously wish Simon could have dug deep and fnished it!

OH WELL Djok can drive his mazaratti another day to the tourney!
If they keep this format (it makes no sense) I could sell all my Djok tickets and go to RG too..okay! One can dream!


chrisford1 Says:

J.S. Says:

haha I almost drank ice tea but it was more expensive than a beer……….LOL

================
There are a couple Caribbean islands been to inc. Guadeloupe where a iced glass of coke costs more than a half and half rum&coke or a rum &lemonade.


J.S. Says:

haha So never drink a plain coke in Guadeloupe!!!!!! – Love it, makes perfect sense to me!!! :)


J-Kath Says:

J.S.

One of them will make the finals. As for the food, surprising the food at the tournament so uninspiring….maybe they can’t compete with what must be a huge choice elsewhere.

Appreciate your kind sentiments. Great to hear from someone who doesn’t go in for nothing but Federer worship and spout huge volumes of words as if Roger should be canonized.

Enjoy tomorrow
K


J.S. Says:

funny you say that….they are a CULT!
Anyone who disagrees I have photos and convos…..they are nuts!

BTW they have ice cream too at Monte Carlo! Compared to IW it’s a terrible selection, I would never have guessed that be the case!

Go Murray and RAFA


RZ Says:

@J.S. – Enjoy! Sounds like a fabulous day tomorrow. Are the baguettes good at least? :-)


J.S. Says:

yep it will be a good day tomorrow!
NO CLUE on Baquettes…didin’t try one! It was all in french and no on spoke english to tell me what was on them, LOL


J.S. Says:

*no one


lakie Says:

Great reporting J.S.! Hope one of your two favorites makes it to the final so you will keep reporting enthusiastically!
Next year I am planning to go to Melbourne. I have a standing invitation from friends there so it will fit into my lean budget!


RZ Says:

In that case J.S., I must respectfully disagree with all these other posters commending you for great reporting. I want to know how the baguettes are!!!! (Just kidding around of course). 😀


lakie Says:

JS, at least send us pictures of the baguettes!


skeezer Says:

@JS
Re; Baguettes
Yes send them to lakie, it will test them for PEDs.
—-
Monte Carlo is one of the most beautiful settings on the Tour, JS hope you have a great time, looks like a good field of players.


Daniel Says:

Monte Carlo is on my bucket list, nice envy of you right now J.S.

Also, me as gambler, would go to the casinos, even if for a single roulette 20 Euros roll on lucky 7 (tip for you J.S), who knows…


Van Persie Says:

J.S.

Nice reporting :)
Enjoy your stay there. The place is lovely.

I wish you to have the opportunity to sell as many tickets as possible from Djoko matches this week ;)


Van Persie Says:

J.S.

Regarding food, I think they would make a lot of money if they would sell gyros, pljeskavica or burgers there. Lol


J.S. Says:

Food – Sorry I thought food was an important part of a tournament…LOL

Tennis – Off to see Wawrinka, Murray, Rafa and Dimitrov – should be a great day of tennis! Was hoping to see Thiem and A. Zverev but they are playing at the same time. Watched Zverev Monday, and he will be tough to beat, I was impressed!

Casinos – I tried but they didn’t like my flip flops….will go again and dress appropriate next time!


Giles Says:

A real shame for fedfans that their idol has never been able to capture the Monte Carlo crown. Rafa thrashed him each time they met. Aww poor fed.


madmax Says:

Giles the child seems to grow younger by each post.

Indeed it is a shame childs, a shame – but only for you.

We rejoice in the 18 GS that he has achieved.

I had read conflicting reports that he would play MC, but we can wait until the FO, though low expectations there. What are you expectations Giles, not only for Rafa but for your future too?


autoFilter Says:

I’m willing to bet that most Federer fans on this board couldn’t possibly care less that he hasn’t won MC yet are also impressed and appreciative of the fact that Rafa has 9.

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