World No. 1 Novak Djokovic upped his Masters win streak to 17 following a 6-1, 6-4 win today over Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the second round at the Monte Carlo Open.
Playing his first clay match since his 4-set French Open loss to Rafael Nadal in the final, Djokovic was pleased with his performance.
“I felt very good,” the 2013 Monte Carlo champ said. “I thought, considering the amount of months that I haven’t played on the clay courts, to play against somebody that is a clay-court specialist, and win in two sets, I thought it was a very good performance. I can just take positives from today.
“Of course, the fact that I’m playing at home, in a way, because I spend a lot of time in Monte Carlo, I practise in this club over the course of 12 months, hard courts, clay courts, I know people who are doing the courts, friends with them – it really is a different and very special feeling. So I’m trying to enjoy it and see how far I can go.”
Grigor Dimitrov also won in 3 tough sets over Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.
“It’s never easy, especially in the first match, having an opponent like that,” said Dimitrov who will play Fabio Fognini Wednesday. “Verdasco is known for his strength, especially on a clay court. I’m really happy with the win because it shows that I’ve done something right in the days coming into the tournament.”
David Ferrer, Marin Cilic were winners on a day when seeds were a perfect 8-0.
Among the headliners on a packed schedule tomorrow are 8-time champion Nadal who returns to take on Lucas Pouille and 4-time runner-up Roger Federer is on court against Jeremy Chardy in a rematch of a tough battle a year ago in the Rome wind won by the Frenchman. Also, Stan Wawrinka begins his title defense against Juan Monaco.
WEDNESDAY MONTE CARLO SCHEDULE
COURT CENTRAL start 10:30 am
 S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs J. Monaco (ARG)
 R. Nadal (ESP) vs [WC] L. Pouille (FRA)
J. Chardy (FRA) vs  R. Federer (SUI)
 J. Tsonga (FRA) vs D. Goffin (BEL)
COURT DES PRINCES start 10:30 am
 T. Berdych (CZE) vs S. Stakhovsky (UKR)
F. Fognini (ITA) vs  G. Dimitrov (BUL)
J. Sousa (POR) vs  M. Raonic (CAN)
 [WC] G. Monfils (FRA) vs A. Dolgopolov (UKR)
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