Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Funny! Nadal Jokingly Throws Shade At Federer With A Snide

Funny! Nadal Jokingly Throws Shade At Federer With A Snide

Nowhere more so than Monte Carlo where a year ago he became the first player to win the same ATP tournament 10 times.

"Being in Monte-Carlo always gives me the best feelings possible and good memories".

Serbian former world number one Novak Djokovic will be in action at his home club though - desperately searching for some spark after tumbling down to 13th in the rankings.

Djokovic looked completely out of sorts last month when he slumped to shocking losses to Taro Daniel and Benoit Paire in Indian Wells and Miami, respectively, but stopped the rot in his first match on the red surface this year.

Now, the world number one is back in Monte Carlo where he has amassed an incredible win/loss record of 63-4, winning ten titles from his 11 finals.

"The reality is I've played six or seven matches since July".

Djokovic started strongly, dropping only three points on serve as he cruised to a first-set bagel which was sealed with a fierce return victor.

Over the course of the near one-hour match, Djokovic kept compatriot Lajovic guessing with his disguised forehand drop-shots and powerful down-the-line backhands that brought rapturous applause from the crowd at the show court. He has not won a Grand Slam tournament since the 2016 French Open. Third seed Alexander Zverev, unseeded Kyle Edmund, and Denis Shapovalov are some of the young names, who can reach the final stages of the clay-court tournament.

But he was close to his best against Berdych, despite making a slow start and calling for a medical timeout for his troublesome wrist.

"It's not great but first match on clay, I'm expecting (a) little soreness", Nishikori said.

"I wanted to share something simple I always try to remember: No matter how good you are at something, there is always more to learn, more to improve, more to keep your head in the game".

World number 51 Jared Donaldson confronted an umpire after disagreeing with a call made in his first-round defeat by last-year's finalist Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

The 21-year-old American received a code violation.

Donaldson eventually lost 6-3 6-3 and apologized to Ramos-Vinolas but refused to shake Gabas' hand.

Djokovic will next face Borna Coric of Croatia, who beat French veteran Julien Benneteau 6-2, 6-3.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

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