Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
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Rafael Nadal eyes record 11th Monte Carlo title

Rafael Nadal eyes record 11th Monte Carlo title

Novak Djokovic plays a backhand while on the move in the first round of the Monte Carlo Masters.

Fellow Canadian Denis Shapovalov didn't fare as well, falling in straight sets to Greek qualifier Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4. Nadal has played in the Monte Carlo Masters since 2003 and has won 94 percent of his matches.

Lajovic, ranked 93 in the world, offered resistance in the second set to level at 1-1 but failed to capitalise on a break point as the 12-time Grand Slam victor roared back to book a second-round meeting with Borna Coric of Croatia, who beat French veteran Julien Benneteau 6-2 6-3.

Djokovic was in a hurry to get the job done and Lajovic was put out of his misery when he drilled a backhand wide.

It is true that, when he confirmed his coaching changes at the start of this month, he had barely mentioned Agassi at all, preferring to heap praise on another now-departed assistant in Radek Stepanek. He has not won a Grand Slam tournament since the 2016 French Open.

After a disappointing March at Indian Wells and Miami, Novak Djokovic let go of star-studded coaching team in favor of his old confidant Marian Vajda.

The supposed "Big Four", which also includes Andy Murray, top the charts as the most likely players to win a match after going a set down.

Here's a look at the main talking points ahead of the action on the red dirt of the Principality. His reward for this 6-0 6-1 demolition job will be a much tougher-looking second-round meeting with Borna Coric, the athletic young Croatian who is in the form of his life.

Mischa Zverev overcame a mid-match blip to defeat Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-2 6-7 (4) 6-1 and reach the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters on Sunday. He broke the 12th-seeded Czech's serve six times and dropped his own twice. He has not played since the Australian Open back in January. He then reached the third round of the Miami Masters last month, losing to Juan Martin del Potro.

Raonic also made his clay season debut and responded after a disastrous first set to beat Catarina, Monaco's best hope for a homegrown victor.

"The intervention was done right, and I came back already after five weeks on the court from the moment I had the surgery".

Milos Raonic and Roberto Bautista Agut were also winners.

Donaldson eventually lost 6-3, 6-3 and apologised to his opponent for his behaviour, but refused to shake Gabas's hand.

He then squared up to Gabas and shouted: "Yes it is, yeah it is", as he insisted his mark was right and the umpire's call of in was wrong.

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