Djokovic fights back to win
Monte Carlo - Novak Djokovic buried his grief to
advance to the quarter-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters on Thursday,
just hours after learning of the death in Serbia of his beloved
The world number one elected to take to the court
against Alexandr Dolgopolov of the Ukraine after suffering the
heart-breaking blow at training in the morning.
interrupted by the fourth rain shower of the day at the Monte Carlo
Country Club, eventually ended with a 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 win and a pleading
look to the Mediterranean skies from the distraught star.
was said to be close to grandfather Vladimir and sheltered with him and
other family members during the NATO bombing of Belgrade in 1999.Results from the Monte Carlo Masters on Thursday (x denotes seeding):
Andy Murray (GBR x3) bt Julien Benneteau (FRA) 6-5 - retired
Tomas Berdych (CZE x6) bt Kei Nishikori (JPN x12) 2-6, 6-2, 6-4
Jo-Wilfrid Tsonga (FRA x4) bt Fernando Verdasco (ESP x13) 7-6 (9/7), 6-2
Gilles Simon (FRA x9) bt Janko Tipsarevic (SRB x7) 6-0, 4-6, 6-1
Novak Djokovic (SRB x1) bt Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR x16) 2-6, 6-1, 6-4
Rafael Nadal (ESP x2) bt Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) 6-1, 6-1
Robin Haase (NED) bt Thomaz Belluci (BRA) 6-2, 6-3
Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) bt Nicolas Almagro (ESP x8) 6-3, 6-3
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