Novak Djokovic launches racquet into crowd in stunning meltdown

18 Avril, 2019, 10:50 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Novak Djokovic launches racquet into crowd in stunning meltdown

Playing his first match since injuring his knee at Indian Wells last month, Nadal showed no signs of rust as he raced into a 5-0 lead in the first set on Court Rainier III.

The world no. 1 could not control his temper during a weird string of eight straight breaks of serve in the second set and was booed by the crowd when he took his anger out on his racquet at 2-4 down, repeatedly smashing it against the clay.

Rafael Nadal charged out of the blocks on Wednesday to hammer Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1, 6-1 in his opening match at the Monte Carlo Masters.

"He played well, but a win is a win". "Now what I need is to play matches, spend hours on court, and of course the victories help".

"Especially at the beginning of the clay court season".

"I've been training well but haven't been able to take that into matches".

Third seed Zverev, who lives in Monte Carlo, reached the semi-finals of his "home" event a year ago, but has endured a hard 2019 season.

Kohlschreiber saved a first match point at 30-40 with a sublime drop shot and held.

Cilic was a set and a break down but battled back to level the match, only for Pella to seize control again in the decider and seal a 6-3 5-7 6-1 victory with plenty to spare.

Defeat in just over two hours left 2014 US Open victor Cilic with just one win from six matches since January's Australian Open, where he went out in the fourth round.

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"This is my best surface, I knew I had chances", the world number 35 said.

Pella, who won his first career match at the event in the first round on Sunday, emerged a victor as he played on the idyllic centre court for the first time. "But I had to play well". I'm starting to feel better about my game.

Cilic was playing here for the 11th straight year, with quarter-final showings in three of the previous four editions.

Serving for the match, Djokovic fluffed another three match points.

Marco Cecchinato staged a remarkable comeback to beat Stan Wawrinka 0-6 7-5 6-3, the Italian claiming 10 of the last 13 games to see off his Swiss opponent.

The 56th-ranked Norrie was impressed with the dramatic setting of the iconic Monte Carlo Country Club venue which overlooks the Mediterranean from a cliff.

"We both made a lot of unforced errors, it was not the prettiest match", Djokovic said.

Another notable name followed Cilic and Tsonga in crashing out, as eighth seed Karen Khachanov was beaten by qualifier Lorenzo Sonego in straight sets.

Elsewhere, 18-year-old Felix Auger Aliassime - a semi-finalist at the Miami Open - set up a meeting with Alexander Zverev after seeing off Juan Ignacio Londero in straight sets.

Nadal hadn't played a tennis match since Indian Wells last month when he was forced to withdraw at the semi-final stage with an injury.

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