Djokovic avenges recent loss to Kohlschreiber at Monte Carlo

Reuters

Top-seeded Novak Djokovic avenged a stunning defeat last month to Philipp Kohlschreiber by outlasting the German 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 on Tuesday in the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters at Monaco.

Djokovic saved 12 of 16 break points to win the clay-court match in two hours, 36 minutes.

Djokovic put forth a stronger effort while improving to 9-2 all-time against Kohlschreiber.

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Last month at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, Calif., Kohlschreiber delivered a stunning 6-4, 6-4 defeat of Djokovic for his first win over a Top 10 player in 12 opportunities.

Djokovic again received a strong battle from Kohlschreiber on Court Rainier III but was able to maintain control of the match.

"I had a tough opponent, of course," Djokovic said after his match. "Philipp beat me in Indian Wells. It was a match that happened less than a month ago, so of course it was in the back of my mind a bit.

"I thought I should have maybe stepped in and played a bit more aggressive in the second set, but credit to him for mixing up the pace and playing well. I'll take this win. 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."

Djokovic is looking for his third title at Monaco. He previously won in 2013 and 2015.

Among other matches, No. 11 seed Marco Cecchinato of Italy recovered from a poor start to beat Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka 0-6, 7-5, 6-3 in one hour, 44 minutes.

Wawrinka won the first eight games and was later serving for the match in the second set. But Cecchinato executed the break and went on to win the set and then was the stronger player in the third set.

Cecchinato next will face Guido Pella of Argentina. Pella upset seventh-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 in two hours, 16 minutes.

Pella is 2-0 in his first time playing in Monaco.

"This is my best surface, I knew I had chances," Pella said after his win on Court Rainier III. "But I had to play well.

"I was a bit nervous at the start; it was my first time on this court. But playing here is a dream -- it's unreal."

Italy's Lorenzo Sonego also pulled off a shocker by posting a 7-6 (4), 6-4 victory over Russia's Karen Khachanov.

The qualifier saved seven of eight break points while winning in one hour, 52 minutes.

Ninth-seeded Borna Coric of Croatia outlasted Spain's Jaume Munar 6-7 (3), 7-6 (7), 6-4 in a three-hour, 28-minute tussle.

--Field Level Media

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