Djokovic Takes Revenge over Musetti at Monte Carlo Masters

Serbia's Novak Djokovic plays a backhand return to Italy's Lorenzo Musetti during their Monte Carlo ATP Masters Series Tournament round of 16 tennis match on the Rainier III court at the Monte Carlo Country Club on April 11, 2024. (Photo by Valery HACHE / AFP)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic plays a backhand return to Italy's Lorenzo Musetti during their Monte Carlo ATP Masters Series Tournament round of 16 tennis match on the Rainier III court at the Monte Carlo Country Club on April 11, 2024. (Photo by Valery HACHE / AFP)
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Djokovic Takes Revenge over Musetti at Monte Carlo Masters

Serbia's Novak Djokovic plays a backhand return to Italy's Lorenzo Musetti during their Monte Carlo ATP Masters Series Tournament round of 16 tennis match on the Rainier III court at the Monte Carlo Country Club on April 11, 2024. (Photo by Valery HACHE / AFP)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic plays a backhand return to Italy's Lorenzo Musetti during their Monte Carlo ATP Masters Series Tournament round of 16 tennis match on the Rainier III court at the Monte Carlo Country Club on April 11, 2024. (Photo by Valery HACHE / AFP)

Novak Djokovic looked sluggish at times and hit several unforced errors but raised his game on important points to advance to the quarterfinals of the Monte Carlo Masters on Thursday.
The top-ranked Serb, a two-time Monte Carlo champion, gained revenge over Lorenzo Musetti, who beat him last year at the Country Club in the third round. Djokovic converted five of six break points and progressed with a confidence-boosting 7-5, 6-3 win.
“The challenge today was really tough. I lost against him last year at the same stage of the tournament, so I’m glad I really found some solidity,” said Djokovic, who is playing in his first tournament since parting ways with former coach Goran Ivanisevic.
Djokovic has not played much this year and is 10-3 with his best result a semifinal run at the Australian Open. He is using the Monte Carlo clay-court tournament to fine-tune his preparations for the French Open next month.
Djokovic dropped his serve immediately and struggled to adapt to Musetti's variety of shots, The Associated Press reported. The Italian produced some great drop shots, was solid from the baseline and his one-handed backhands put Djokovic on the back foot.
A turning point came in the eighth game when Djokovic broke after Musetti blew a 40-0 lead. The Serb broke again in the 12th game after Musetti hit a double-fault to drop the set.
Both players struggled to hold their serves in the second set but Djokovic came out on top in the decisive points.
Djokovic won the title in Monte Carlo in 2013 and 2015. He has not advanced past the quarterfinals since his last victory at the Country Club nine years ago.
His next opponent will be Alex de Minaur, who beat Alexei Popyrin 6-3, 6-4.



Sabalenka, Medvedev Advance as Rain Continues to Disrupt the French Open

30 May 2024, France, Paris: Belarusian tennis player Aryna Sabalenka in action against Japan's Moyuka Uchijima during their women's singles second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros Complex. Photo: Loic Baratoux/ZUMA Press Wire/dpa
30 May 2024, France, Paris: Belarusian tennis player Aryna Sabalenka in action against Japan's Moyuka Uchijima during their women's singles second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros Complex. Photo: Loic Baratoux/ZUMA Press Wire/dpa
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Sabalenka, Medvedev Advance as Rain Continues to Disrupt the French Open

30 May 2024, France, Paris: Belarusian tennis player Aryna Sabalenka in action against Japan's Moyuka Uchijima during their women's singles second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros Complex. Photo: Loic Baratoux/ZUMA Press Wire/dpa
30 May 2024, France, Paris: Belarusian tennis player Aryna Sabalenka in action against Japan's Moyuka Uchijima during their women's singles second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros Complex. Photo: Loic Baratoux/ZUMA Press Wire/dpa

Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka stayed out of the rain and moved into the third round of the French Open on Thursday.
The second-seeded Sabalenka beat Japanese qualifier Moyuka Uchijima 6-2, 6-2 on Court Philippe Chatrier as showers again affected play at Roland Garros.
The inclement weather, which is expected to last for much of the day, halted play on all courts not equipped with a roof for the third consecutive day, The Associated Press reported.
“It’s going to be a bit tricky today. So we’re keeping our fingers crossed,” tournament director Amélie Mauresmo said.
Sabalenka, who reached the French Open semifinals last year, will next face Paula Badosa, a close friend and her doubles partner for this year’s clay-court Grand Slam tournament.
“It’s always tough to play your friend,” Sabalenka said. “But we know how to separate court and life.”
No. 4 Elena Rybakina, the Wimbledon champion in 2022, advanced by beating Arantxa Rus 6-3, 6-4.
Fifth-seeded Daniil Medvedev also reached the third round after his opponent, Miomir Kecmanovic, retired while trailing 6-1, 5-0. The Serbian player decided to quit the match after 55 minutes of play.
Three days after defeating Rafael Nadal, No. 4 Alexander Zverev beat David Goffin 7-6 (4), 6-2, 6-2 on Court Suzanne Lenglen.
“The crowd is always unbelievable in Paris, since we got the two new roofs it’s even more electric,” Zverev said. “When you guys are rooting for me, it’s even better.”