Published: Thu, April 19, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Novak Djokovic to Round Sixteen in Monte Carlo

The 24-year-old Austrian, who is returning from a five-week absence due to an ankle injury, next faces former world number one Novak Djokovic or Croatia's Borna Ćorić for a quarterfinal berth.

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

"It was a positive start".

"Hopefully I will win a few more matches this time around".

"I know when I'm healthy, when I'm not dealing with any significant injury that can disturb me on the way to compete and train, then I can really reach that desired level". "But I'm happy that I played two hours and forty (minutes)". I need days on court.

"I could have won the match earlier definitely, but it was great to deal with these kinds of emotions again", the 12-time Grand Slam champion said. "I'm obviously lacking that match play". "To think about and talk about potentially a match-up with Nadal", Djokovic added.

The third-seeded Zverev won 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 against big-serving Gilles Muller, after the fourth-seeded Dimitrov had rallied to beat Pierre-Hugues Herbert 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 and the fifth-seeded Thiem saved a match point in his 5-7, 7-5, 7-5 win against Andrey Rublev of Russian Federation.

"I'm looking forward to watching Djokovic and Coric in front of the TV, and then playing the victor on Thursday", Thiem said.

"It's disrespectful towards Dominic and Dominic's tennis".

Sharapova, who won the Birmingham title in 2004 and 2005, was granted a wildcard at the event past year before a thigh injury forced her to skip the grasscourt season.

Japan's Kei Nishikori continued his comeback from injury with an impressive 7-5, 6-2 win over Russian Daniil Medvedev.

Likewise, fourth seed Dimitrov found himself in a hole against local favourite Pierre-Hugues Herbert, but also managed to turn the tables to clinch a 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 win. France's Richard Gasquet rolled past Argentina's 10th-seeded Diego Schwartzman 6-2, 6-1, Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff swept through 13th-seeded Italian Fabio Fognini 6-4, 6-2, while Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber was a 6-4, 6-2 victor over 15th-seeded Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

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