Top coach: “Novak Djokovic played superbly, especially in…”

After a successful career in Indian Wells and Miami, Novak Djokovic entered the 2007 Monte Carlo Masters 1000 as the seventh-ranked player in the world. In one hour and 42 minutes on Center Court, Novak defeated former Roland Garros champion Gaston Gaudio, 6-1 3-6 6-1, to kick off the competition.

Djokovic‘s first serve was unreachable, and he was broken four times. With an outstanding effort on the comeback, Novak overcame that disadvantage by taking 55% of the points from Gaudio’s games and breaking the Argentine seven times out of 15 opportunities.

The Serb caught a break in the second game and boosted his lead with another to go up 4-0. Gaudio broke in game five before being broken once more a short while later, giving Djokovic a 5-1 lead. The Serb won game seven to successfully finish the opening set.

The competitors traded breaks at the start of the second set, and Gastón earned another one in the sixth game to take the lead 4-2. The Argentine saved another at 5-3 to win the set and force a decider while avoiding four break points in game seven to maintain his lead.

Novak was losing ground at the time and was on the verge of a break point in the final set. He eventually got going, though, and after an outstanding serve and return effort, he took a 5-0 lead. In game seven, Djokovic persevered to win and move on to the third round.

“Playing on clay for the first time this season made for a difficult encounter. I need to maintain my focus and strike the appropriate balance on clay; I’m hoping for more matches. It was crucial to defeat my opponent early on in the decisive to derail his momentum.

I was aware that Gaudio needed to keep contact early in the third set since he likes to play on the slower surface.”

With 21 Grand Slam victories, Djokovic

Novak Djokovic is still unsure if he will be able to compete in the 2023 Australian Open and if his three-year suspension, which was imposed after his extraordinary ejection from Australia last January, would be overturned by the present administration, which is not the same as it was at the time of “Djokogate.”

In an interview with Croatian publication Sportske Novosti, Goran Ivanisevic discussed his player’s two victories in Tel Aviv and Astana after having questioned Djokovic‘s participation in the Masters 1000 in Paris.

“He played quite well, particularly in Astana. Even though he hadn’t competed in any events since Wimbledon, it seemed as if he hadn’t taken a break at all “, began the Croatian coach before addressing the complex situation surrounding the Australian Open. “Australians must now make the decision, Novak has not changed his position on vaccines and his health.”