Rafael Nadal begins Monte-Carlo Masters campaign with Roberto Bautista Agut victory

ATP Monte Carlo Novak Djokovic slips past Philipp Kohlschreiber in three sets

There was no stopping Nadal who regularly moved Bautista Agut out of position, opening the court up effortlessly with powerful forehand combinations. The World No. 2 was a defensive demon and attacked with aplomb, using his agility to rattle Bautista Agut and not allow his countryman to find his rhythm.

"This is just the first match", he said following the victory. "The results say that".

I've discussed several times that I find Tsitsipas rather over-rated on hard courts but on clay his stats suggest huge potential. I can't tell you if I found my great rhythm.

"I m happy for this very positive start". It's the first match in nearly a year on this surface. "I can't pretend that I don't have pain at all, because I never thought about that".

"I can't pretend to not have pain at all, but professionals normally play with pain", Nadal said. Lorenzo Sonego looks in good form and his win over Khachanov will ensure he enters this match filled with confidence. No other player has won as many matches at a single ATP Masters 1000 event.

Dimitrov will be aiming to reach his second quarter-final of the year after reaching the last eight at the Brisbane International in January. "But of course, a start like this helps". "Hopefully I can play slightly better in the next round, because if I want to go deep in the tournament, I definitely have to up my game". "But I had to play well". And that's what I need today.

"It was a great start, it s good to be back here", the 17-time Grand Slam victor said, keeping talk of his knee to a minimum. Let's try to continue well tomorrow. Three times Djokovic came back from a break down, but at 4-5, he was broken for the fourth time, and the German levelled the match 6-4. A lot of them winning.

"I had ten break points that I had to save and i'm happy I managed to play good in the hard points".

"The Monte-Carlo Country Club has been my training base for 15 years".

Third-seeded Alexander Zverev, No. 4 Dominic Thiem, No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas, No. 10 Daniil Medvedev, and No. 13 Fabio Fognini also advanced to the third round Wednesday. I had a tough opponent, of course.

"I lost my serve I think four games in a row in the second set, and that hasn't happened too many times in my life. I played a good match and I was able to find a way".

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