Rafael Nadal beats Aljaz Bedene to reach third round — Monte Carlo Masters

Rafael Nadal beats Aljaz Bedene to reach third round — Monte Carlo Masters

Zverev next plays with 13th-seeded Fabio Fognini or Jan-Lennard Struff in the third round. Nishikori will face either Guillermo Garcia-Lopez or Andreas Seppi for a place in the quarter-finals.

Fifth seed Thiem moves on to a potential meeting with world number one Rafael Nadal in the last eight, with the Spaniard to play Karen Khachanov. "Hopefully for him, as well". He scored his first victory over Roger Federer on his way to his first Masters semi-final in 2005.

"Obviously, patience is required, trust in the process, believing in myself, in my game, people around me".

Court des Prince remained packed all afternoon, and quite rightly. For Nadal this is his first tournament since the Australian Open where he was forced to withdraw from his quarterfinal with Marin Cilic due to injury.

The backhand has always been Coric's stronger shot, even though he feels it broke down a bit last season.

The 12-time Grand Slam champion, playing only his fourth tournament since Wimbledon last July after struggling with a right elbow injury, overcame some late nerves to win 7-6 (7/2), 7-5. Muller saved the first match point with a strong serve but lost to the imposing German on the next with a double fault. I played without pain in the elbow, which is important.

Still, he got back on terms, as some nervy play from Rublev with the finish line in sight allowed Thiem to steal the second.

The 30-year-old Serbian, ninth-seed, competes at the Monte-Carlo Masters for the 12th time, after claiming the title in 2013 and 2015.

"He's one of the top three players in the world on clay", Djokovic said.

Djokovic did save three set points in the first set, and the momentum carried over into the tiebreaker.

There were question-marks hanging over Thiem, however.

The Monte Carlo Sporting Club by the Mediterranean Sea. With ten titles under his belt at the Monte-Carlo Masters, Nadal must be considered the player to beat if he is in action.

Earlier, Dimitrov his serve twice in the first set against the 82nd-ranked Herbert.

The world No. 1 surged to a 3-0 lead in the opening set and never looked back. His work ethic was believed to be second to none, and he had a seriousness to him rarely seen in teens his age. "I think (it's an) amazing decision by him to take Marian Vajda back because it's the coach he won everything with almost".

World number one Rafael Nadal raced past Slovenia's Aljaz Bedene to reach the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters in Monaco.

Sportspersons are known for their superhuman discipline, single-minded determination and the will to overcome all obstacles. Djokovic initially shaped up for a low backhand volley at the net but instead went for a backhand which went long. He hits the ball hard, " said Nadal.

"Four matches in six weeks, always deep in the tournament".

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