Former runner-up Tomas Berdych progresses in Monte Carlo

Monte Carlo Rolex Masters

Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic.Reuters. The Serb's lone title in 2017 came at the start of the year in Doha when he defeated Murray in a three-set battle in the Middle East. Early on, Goffin reached the quarterfinals at Melbourne Park.

Murray returned to the court in an exhibition match against Roger Federer in Switzerland on 10 April, and has since been preparing on the Monte Carlo clay.

In Djokovic's first tournament match since suffering a fourth-round loss to Nick Kyrgios in Indian Wells last month.

Novak Djokovic had to dig deep into his extensive reserves to see off a brilliant Gilles Simon at the Monte Carlo Masters, but Jo-Wilfried Tsonga had no such luck. The Spaniard's bid for a never-before-attempted treble - of winning 10 titles in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Roland Garros - has seemingly put the Serbian's prospects on the backburner of the sport's immediate priorities.

However, the 22-year-old impressively fought back to win the set 7-5 before going on to win the match comfortably in the second set. Berdych, the highest ranked player in the first round, lost 6-4 in the first set. "I like the clay and I've been getting better on it over the last few days".

When Gilles Simon served for the match at 5-4, Djokovic found another gear charging through three games to survive a gritty 6-3, 3-6, 7-5, victory at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. He saved five match points in the championship before prevailing 5-7, 7-6, 7-5.

Meanwhile, Djokovic showed good form in Davis Cup action last weekend, leading Serbia into the semi-finals. You're constantly moving and then you have to get the transition just right from the hard court season at the beginning of the year to the clay, which is very, very difficult.

The 29-year-old secured the first set before Simon saved four break points in the second to change the game's tempo.

The Monte Carlo Masters, a favorite of tennis stars and precursor to the summer's French Open, commenced on Sunday.

However, their most memorable encounter to date was their most recent match in the fourth round of the Australian Open past year. He has also the nine-time French Open victor and his hope of winning it for the 10 time in 2016 took a blow when he was forced due withdraw due to a wrist injury.

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