Aljaz Bedene: rematch versus Rafael Nadal at 2018 Monte-Carlo Masters

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The Croatian tennis player was excellent at his first individual appearance on clay courts this season, but he already awaits a big test in the next match - former world number one Novak Djokovic, who defeated his countryman Dušan Lajovic 6:0, 6:1.

Ramos-Vinolas, who lost last year's final to Nadal, was leading by a set and a break at the time and went on to win 6-3, 6-3.

It was the type of result the ninth-seeded Djokovic was looking for as he seeks to regain his form.

"He says he will love to play against me again in best of five sets on clay, and I thought he would play Roland Garros", Nadal said, with a wry smile.

MONACO (AP) - After easing into the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters on Monday, a relieved Novak Djokovic said his troublesome right elbow no longer bothers him.

Marian Vajda, the legendary coach Djokovic collaborated with while he was at the top, has returned to the player's side in Monte Carlo.

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"I thought it was good considering the amount of matches I've played in the past nearly 12 months. I hurt your feelings", as he appeared to mockingly extend his hand up to the chair umpire.

"That's why I am here, to play tennis and to accept all the rules". He's a friend. He's someone I can share a lot of things with, whether it's professional or private life. "He's always there for me", he added.

"He knows me inside out". I know that I can play much better than that, but I couldn't. "We could not ask for a better start".

But Djokovic was able to step up his game when needed, saving it and breaking in the fourth game to tighten his grip on the match.

He starts on Wednesday in Monte Carlo against the victor of this afternoon's contest between Aljaz Bedene and Mirza Basic, but his quarter of the drawer is seriously tricky.

"You're not showing me one (accurate) mark", Donaldson yelled while Gabas started walking backward.

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"Hope I can put more matches on clay".

2017 finalist Albert Ramos-Vinolas ousted a testy Jared Donaldson, Stefanos Tsitipas upended Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 6-4 and Andrey Rublev beat Robin Haase to set up a showdown tomorrow against Dominic Thiem.

Ramos-Viñolas is the second Spaniard to advance to the round of 32, after Roberto Bautista won 6-4, 6-3 over Peter Gojowczyk of Germany earlier on Monday.

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