David Ferrer defeats Novak Djokovic in a flashback from Monte Carlo.

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The following day, Novak Djokovic faced David Ferrer in the third round of the 2007 Monte Carlo tournament after defeating Gaston Gaudio. The younger player’s campaign was ended by the more seasoned Spaniard, who defeated him 7-5, 6-4 on Court des Princes in an hour and 49 minutes.

Ferrer scored nine more points than Djokovic and performed better in tiebreakers, particularly after falling behind 5-2 in the first set. With three breaks and five breaks to his credit, Novak ended his run in the third round. The Serb got off to a sluggish start and lost the first game of the match.

In game two, Djokovic recovered and broke to put his name on the scoreboard. From a 40-0 deficit, Novak won his second consecutive break to edge up 2-1 and establish a 3-1 lead before settling into a smooth rhythm.

In the fifth set, Djokovic avoided a break point and held to take a 4-1 lead and another significant step toward the opening.

Third-round opponent David Ferrer in 2007 Monte Carlo eliminated Novak Djokovic.

With a hold in game six, Ferrer trimmed the deficit, and Djokovic quickly followed suit for a commanding 5-2 lead.

David won the eighth game to extend the set, and Novak served for it when the score was 5-3. Under pressure, a teenager broke, which allowed the adversary to quickly turn the situation around. Before the final games, the Spaniard held in game 10 to tie the match at 5-5.

In game 11, Novak led 40-15 on serve before David rallied. Ferrer pounced on the second break opportunity to take the lead and gain a 6-5 score. After winning five straight games, the Spaniard saved a break point in the 12th game to close out the set.

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With a clean slate in the second set, Novak broke David in game two to take a 2-0 lead. But after an unforced blunder in game three that put Ferrer back on the winning side, he lost service. In the fifth game, the young gun defended two break points while making every effort to keep the fight going and increase his chances.

They remained tied until 4-4, and in game nine, Djokovic served for a lead once more. On the comeback, Ferrer intervened and got a key break, putting him ahead 5-4. In the waning moments of the match, Novak made too many drop shots, and David won the match on his serve in game ten to advance to the quarterfinal.

David Ferrer defeats Novak Djokovic in a flashback from Monte Carlo.

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