• Djokovic wins another three-setter in Monte-Carlo

    4/18/13 5:14 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Djokovic wins another three-setter in Monte-Carlo Novak Djokovic gets past Juan Monaco in three sets on Thursday in Monte-Carlo. Djokovic awaits either Juan Martin Del Potro or Jarkko Nieminen in the quarterfinals.

    Novak Djokovic came back from a set down in a second straight match when he defeated Juan Monaco 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the third round of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters on Thursday afternoon. Djokovic, who had overcome Mikhail Youzhny in his opener, booked a quarterfinal spot after two hours and two minutes.

    The world No. 1 was once again less than 100 percent due to the ankle injury he sustained earlier this month in Davis Cup, and it showed especially in the first set. Monaco missed two break chances at 1-1 but finally converted thanks to an errant backhand by his opponent. The Argentine gave back the break at 4-3, but he earned one more scalp of the Djokovic serve before serving out the opener at 5-4.

    Djokovic wasted no time playing his way into the match in set two. The top-seeded Serb survived a deuce game for 1-0 then broke en route to a 3-0 advantage. Monaco eventually broke back for 2-3, but that only delayed the inevitable. Djokovic won three return games in the middle frame of play, including one at 5-2 to force a decider in style. He converted his fourth set point when Monaco erred on a forehand at the end of a long rally.

    The third progressed in similar fashion, with Djokovic surging to 3-0 before Monaco finally got on the scoreboard. This time, though, the world No. 20 trailed by two breaks at 5-1 before finally seizing a break of his own. But Monaco failed on serve in his attempt to stay in the match despite leading 30-15 in the final game. Djokovic won the last three points, capitalizing on his first match point by tracking down a drop-shot and coaxing Monaco into a backhand error.

    Monte-Carlo's 2012 runner-up finished with 25 winners and 45 unforced errors, while Monaco recorded 10 winners compared to 37 mistakes. Djokovic awaits either Juan Martin Del Potro or Jarkko Nieminen on Friday.

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1. Djokovic 12 500 pts
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