Wednesday April 19
Adrian Mannarino recorded one of the biggest wins of his career on Tuesday at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters when he beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-3 for a place in the third round.
Tsonga became a father for the first time with the birth of his son, Shugar, on 18 March, and celebrated his 32nd birthday at the Monte-Carlo Country Club on Monday. Mannarino, who told reporters he had trained for 10 days prior to coming to the Monte-Carlo Country Club, will now meet French compatriot and No. 11 seed Lucas Pouille or Italian Paolo Lorenzi.
Maybe Tommy Haas should reconsider this whole retirement thing.
The 39-year-old German, in the midst of his 10th comeback, needed only 69 minutes to knock out Frenchman Benoit Paire 6-2, 6-3 on Tuesday at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters.
Haas, the oldest player in the draw, feasted on second serves, winning almost 80 per cent of his second-serve points and nearly 75 per cent of Paire’s. The win was Haas’ first in Monte-Carlo since 2004, when he beat Xavier Malisse. The right-hander hadn’t played at the Masters 1000 tournament since 2008.
Two-time former champion Novak Djokovic conjured up a great escape at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters on Tuesday evening, denying Gilles Simon his first victory over the World No. 2 in nine years.
In a stunning display of tennis, Simon served for the match at 5-4 in the deciding set, but it was Djokovic who found a way to win 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 over two hours and 32 minutes.
“I thought I played a solid tennis for first set and a half,” said Djokovic. “I was 6-3, 2-1 up, playing just enough to keep going. I felt like I had the control of the match. Then the match turned around. I started making some unforced errors. He made less unforced errors”.
Monaco resident Djokovic is now 29-8 at the Monte-Carlo Country Club. He beat Rafael Nadal in the 2013 final and Tomas Berdych in the title match two years ago.
Results of the previous day of the tournament:
The tournament is on at full throttle, emotions are building up, tennis players continue fighting for their ranking on the clay of the Monte-Carlo Country Club.
Here is the order of games for April 19:
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