Monte Carlo Masters 2018: Novak Djokovic's Dominance Tops Monday's Results

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal

A stunning 10th title in Monte-Carlo a year ago was one of Nadal's key stepping-stones back to No1.

Nadal has been troubled by a hip injury this season but, speaking at Indian Wells last month, Federer said he would "love to play Rafa on clay" again, having won just two of their 15 clashes on the surface.

Often with Djokovic, it's easy to tell what type of match he's going to play based on how he starts.

"I always feel good when I am here", Nadal said.

The Monte Carlo Masters is the first ATP Masters event on the calendar played on clay.

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Nadal who is a 16-time Grand Slam victor will be eyeing his 11 title at the Monte Carlo Masters as he looks to win the tournament for the third time in a row.

Nadal begins his bid for a record-extending 11th Monte Carlo title with a second-round match against either Aljaz Bedene or Mirza Basic.

Novak Djokovic started his clay-court tennis season in style on Monday at the Monte Carlo Masters, as he hammered fellow Serb Dusan Lajovic 6-0, 6-1. But both of those matches were played on grass and Edmund will likely feel the slower clay court conditions will favour him. The Spaniard won here eight years in a row between 2005 and 2012, and also took the title in both 2016 and 2017 after a four-year gap. "Hope I get more confidence and do well (at) these five tournaments on clay".

The ninth seed from Serbia lost just three points on serve in the opening set and returned superbly in a commanding display, wrapping up his first success since the Australian Open in January.

The Australian was beaten 7-5 6-4 by the world number 40, who advanced to the last 32 courtesy of a solitary break in either set. Moya, who was initially apprehensive about Nadal rushing back to action believes the ten-time French Open winner's presence takes away the pressure from the rest of the players.

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"I was unable to do any physical work because the psoas (muscle) was affecting all the movements I could do", he said.

In an attempt to hit a backhand from way beyond the baseline, the 22-year-old ran into an advertising board that saw him suffer a nasty fall.

Spain's Albert Ramos-Violas qualified for the second round of the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters after defeating the United States' Jared Donaldson 6-3, 6-3.

"After two years finally I can play without pain", he added.

But Djokovic was flawless in his hammering of Lajovic and although he and Vajda have not made a long-term commitment to working together, the 12-time grand slam champion says he is already reaping the rewards of being reunited with his former coach.

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