Monte Carlo Masters: Nadal Beats Khachanov As Djokovic Loses

Monte Carlo Masters: Rafael Nadal beats Aljaz Bedene to reach third round

Monte Carlo Masters: Rafael Nadal beats Aljaz Bedene to reach third round

Thiem should provide sterner resistance in the last eight, but in this form it is hard to envisage anybody stopping Nadal extending his own record to 11 Monte Carlo titles.

"I was just a little bit rusty, I haven't played a match in about three weeks", said Dimitrov.

"It's the ultimate challenge to play against him".

An ace gave him a seventh chance, but Coric saved that one after Djokovic failed to retrieve his drop shot.

Thiem, who also beat Djokovic on clay in last year's French Open quarterfinals, will next face defending champion Rafael Nadal or Karen Khachanov.

Thiem should provide a sterner test in the last eight.

He had to survive a match-point and three long sets against Andrey Rublev in his two-hour, 40-minute opener.

The world number four claimed the opening set thanks to a break in game seven, before a freakish second set in which both players struggled on serve.

While Nadal handled Khachanov without much hassle, taking a 3-0 lead in the first set and 5-1 in the second, Thiem needed to come back against Djokovic after dropping the first set in the tiebreaker.

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Thiem was the victor when they met in the quarter-finals of the Internazionali d'Italia and he will be hoping to channel that display and overcome the "King of Clay" as he attempts to secure a first ATP Masters 1000 title.

That saw Nadal begin his Monte Carlo campaign against Aljaz Bedene, who has recently reverted to representing Slovenia after a spell playing under the British flag.

He will play his first quarter-final in Monaco tomorrow-on his 21st birthday-against Richard Gasquet, who had his own princely moment on the aptly named Court des Princes.

Meanwhile, Canadian Milos Raonic pulled out of the tournament before his third-round match against Marin Cilic on Thursday with a right knee injury. "Hopefully for him, as well". "I'll know more in the (coming) days".

The 14th seed, a former Wimbledon runner-up, struggled with the problem during his second-round win over Marco Cecchinato on Wednesday.

Croatia's Cilic will face either Kei Nishikori or Italian qualifier Andreas Seppi next.

"I thought the intensity was quite high [on Thursday]". "I was predisposed to some risk and I was unable to play with that amount of pain".

Sixth-seeded David Goffin of Belgium made it through after beating Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain 6-4, 7-5. Bautista Agut raised a hand in apology but still got a warning from the chair umpire. Djokovic says he is trying to get back to No 1 but on clay, Nadal is the immovable object. "For me, if you send a ball onto the ball boy's head, you're (kicked) off".

Goffin will play fourth seed Grigor Dimitrov for a place in the semi-finals in a repeat of last year's ATP Tour Finals final, after the Bulgarian came back from a set and a break down to beat Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

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