Monte Carlo Masters 2018

  • Monte Carlo Masters 2018

Monte Carlo Masters 2018

The glitz and glamour of Monte Carlo is the setting for this week's action on the ATP Tour, with a prize fund of nearly €5m a suitable reward for the players good enough to make the 56-man draw.

The 93-ranked Lajovic finally got on the board with a hold in his first service game of the second set, and Djokovic saved the first break point he faced before taking a 3-1 lead.

An intriguing clash between two young rising stars in the blockbuster first-round encounter at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters saw Karen Khachanov putting in a terrific clay-court masterclass display to oust the resurgent and tricky talent in Thanasi Kokkinakis, triumphing 7-5, 6-4 after a marathon 110-minutes, which could be considered lengthy for a straight-sets encounter. "But I'm looking ahead". He managed to win only a third of his first and second-serve points as he was simply outdone by his Djokovic, who put his past troubles behind him to record his first victory since January.

Djokovic is playing for the first time since splitting from coach Andre Agassi and gets his campaign underway against fellow Serb Dusan Lajovic yesterday.

BC-TEN-Monte Carlo Masters-Donaldson's Rant, 210Angry Donaldson rants at umpire at Monte Carlo MastersJared Donaldson ranted at the chair umpire over a line call during his 6-3, 6-3 loss to Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the first round of the Monte Carlo Masters.

In 15 meetings on the surface, the 20-time major victor has just two wins to his name over the Spaniard - and the 31-year-old hinted that was part of his thinking when skipping the whole of the clay-court season.

Earlier on Monday, Japan's Kei Nishikori fought back from a set down to see off Czech 12th seed Tomas Berdych and reach the second round. The Spaniard won here eight years in a row between 2005 and 2012, and also took the title in both 2016 and 2017 after a four-year gap.

He was playing close to his best tennis despite calling for a medical timeout for his troublesome wrist.

"I always enjoy this European season". The Russian will next face a Frenchman in either Gilles Simon or 16th seed Adrian Mannarino. "Yeah, hope I can have good preparation these couple tournaments, and hope I can finish great in French (Open)".

British 23-year-old Kyle Edmund - who begins his tournament tomorrow with a showdown against Andreas Seppi - is an outside shot at 50/1. He then sarcastically apologised, saying he was "sorry" to hurt Gabas' feelings.

Ramos-Vinolas, who lost in last year's final, beat Jared Donaldson 6-3, 6-3.