Djokovic advances easily in Monte Carlo

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Following a brief exchange, Donaldson laughed and said, "Ah, I'm sorry".

Speaking about the consequences of the controversial addition to the game, Nadal said ahead of his Monte Carlo title defence: "For me it's not the ideal thing but if the sport is moving that way or they want to move that way, the only thing I can do is accept it and play".

He opens with a bye and then either Pablo Cuevas or Fernando Verdasco - both are inconsistent these days - before a potential round three with Milos Raonic, another player whose level is tough to judge on clay now. After his loss to Thanasi Kokkinakis at the Miami Open, the Swiss player made a decision to skip the clay season again.

Djokovic's start of this summer has been disrupted by means of an elbow surgery, and it has suffered defeats in opening matches at Miami and Indian Wells.

The 31-year-old had retired in the quarter-final of the Australian Open earlier this year due to injury concerns. Nadal is one of the slowest top-ranked players, and was docked a first serve for taking too much time during a match en route to his 10th French Open triumph a year ago.

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That is the most important thing for us, that we play as a team, we play as 11 players. You feel they want to support you and want to help you to score goals.

"It's been a love story between me and this event, the people who run the tournament", the King of Clay told

"He knows me better than any tennis coach I've worked with".

It is no doubt that the Spaniard will be favourite to win in Monte-Carlo as he eyes winning the event for the 11th time in his Tennis career.

"Especially this year I didn't not finish one event so hopefully this one will not be the first!" Nadal will be chiefly concerned with arriving in Paris in tip-top shape but also in the back of his mind is the fact that his number one ranking is hanging by a thread. As you may expect from this, big-servers are not suited at all in what are very different conditions to what was witnessed last week on the quicker clay in Houston, and in Monte Carlo in this time period, a mere 0.30 aces per game were served, down from the 0.38 ATP clay average.

A furious Jared Donaldson confronted umpire Arnaud Gabas in a heated exchange during his first-round defeat to Albert Ramos-Vinolas at the Monte Carlo Masters on Monday. I always try to be very focused at the beginning of the tournament on what I'm doing.

After significant rest during the second half of a year ago and a medical procedure in February, Djokovic spoke confidently of being pain-free - at long last.

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