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Djokovic Bows Out in Monte Carlo, Nadal Progresses
Djokovic Bows Out in Monte Carlo, Nadal Progresses

Djokovic Bows Out in Monte Carlo, Nadal Progresses

Djokovic Bows Out in Monte Carlo, Nadal Progresses

Novak Djokovic missed out on a Monte Carlo Masters quarterfinal with Rafael Nadal after falling to Dominic Thiem in the third round.
The former world number one was pegged back after winning a first set tie-break, eventually succumbing 6-7(2) 6-2 6-3, Eurosport.com reported.
Djokovic had earlier declared he was pain-free after two years battling a persistent elbow injury, but his latest outing showed he still has some rebuilding to do before he can be seriously considered as a Grand Slam contender again.
The Serb’s backhand faltered at crucial moments as Thiem chalked up back-to-back victories over him following their French Open quarter-final last year.
Thiem’s reward is a last-eight meeting with Nadal, who tore through Russia’s Karen Khachanov 6-3 6-2.
Nadal is making his return in Monte Carlo from a hip injury that saw him retire from the Australian Open. He will begin his bid an 11th French Open crown in May.
Third seed Alexander Zverev overcame a mid-match blip to beat fellow German Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4 4-6 6-4, but was denied a quarterfinal meeting with his older brother Mischa, who lost 6-2 7-5 to Frenchman Richard Gasquet.
World number three Marin Cilic progressed without hitting a ball after his opponent Milos Raonic withdrew due to a knee injury.
The Australian Open runner-up next plays Japan’s Kei Nishikori, who beat Italian Andreas Seppi 6-0, 2-6 6-3.

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