Djokovic beats Monfils to reach 3rd round at Madrid Open

Madrid, May 3 (BNA) Novak Djokovic got off to a good start in the Madrid Open with a 6-3 6-2 victory over Gael Monfils in the second round on Tuesday.

The AP said the top-ranked Djokovic, looking to regain his best form ahead of the French Open, saved all five break points he faced, and rounded off the three he had against the 21st-ranked Frenchman.

It was the 18th consecutive Serbs win over Monfils. The match was halted 2-2 in the first set as rain forced the roof of the main court to close.

Djokovic needed three sets in each of his last three wins this season, all in Serbia before losing the final there to Andrey Rublev.

Djokovic lost Alejandro Davidovic Fokina in his opening match in Monte Carlo, which was the only other tournament on clay this season.

He arrived in Madrid with a score of 5-3 and played in only one tournament on hard courts after he was not allowed to take part in the Australian Open due to a vaccination status. He lost to Jerry Vesely in the Dubai quarter-finals.

Novak Djokovic got off to a good start at the Madrid Open with a 6-3 6-2 win over Gael Monfils in the second round on Tuesday.

The top-ranked Djokovic, looking to regain his best form ahead of the French Open, is eyeing all five break points he’s faced and converting the three he had against the 21st-ranked Frenchman.

It was the 18th consecutive Serbs win over Monfils. The match was halted 2-2 in the first set as rain forced the roof of the main court to close.

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Djokovic needed three sets in each of his last three wins this season, all in Serbia before losing the final there to Andrey Rublev.

Djokovic lost Alejandro Davidovic Fokina in his opening match in Monte Carlo, which was the only other tournament on clay this season.

He arrived in Madrid with a score of 5-3 and played in only one tournament on hard courts after he was not allowed to take part in the Australian Open due to a vaccination status. He lost to Jerry Vesely in the Dubai quarter-finals.

Djokovic, a three-time winner in Madrid, next faces either former top seed Andy Murray or Denis Shapovalov.

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