Tennis: Djokovic survives shock to reach Monte Carlo round three

World number two Novak Djokovic came with reference to an early exit on the Monte Carlo Masters But eventually emerged triumphant with a 6-3 Three-6 7-5 2d-round victory in opposition to France’s Gilles Simon on Tuesday.

The Serbian used to be broken for five-4 within the decider But bagged three video games in a row to finish Simon’s resilience and reach the 1/3 spherical of the primary European claycourt tournament of the season.

Djokovic, who had a primary-round bye, will next take on both Russian Karen Khachanov or 13th seed Pablo Carreno Busta, of Spain.

“It was an extraordinarily troublesome in shape, with many changes of momentum,” mentioned Djokovic. “It was once very tiring for me, the primary clay of the season.

“However this is the beginning of the Roland Garros build-up.”

Past, local favorite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, again from a one-month layoff, used to be knocked out by way of fellow Frenchman, qualifier Adrian Mannarino, 6-7(3) 6-2 6-3.

(Writing with the aid of Julien Pretot; Editing with the aid of Neville Dalton)

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