Djoko pulls off em­phatic Monte Carlo romp

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For­mer world num­ber one No­vak Djokovic showed signs of re­dis­cov­er­ing his form with a dom­i­nant 6-0, 6-1 vic­tory over Du­san La­jovic in the open­ing round of the Monte Carlo Mas­ters on Mon­day.

Djokovic’s start of the sea­son was dis­rupted by an el­bow surgery, and has since suf­fered de­feats in con­sec­u­tive open­ing matches at In­dian Wells and Mi­ami.

But there were no signs of his re­cent strug­gles as he kick­started his clay­court cam­paign in style to record a vic­tory over fel­low Serb La­jovic in just 57 min­utes.

Djokovic, a two-time win­ner at Monte Carlo, dropped just eight points as he wrapped up the first set with his op­po­nent well off the pace.

La­jovic, ranked 93 in the world, of­fered re­sis­tance in the sec­ond set to level at 1-1 but failed to cap­i­tal­ize on a break point as the 12-time grand slam win­ner roared back to book a sec­ond round meet­ing with Borna Coric of Croa­tia.

Ear­lier in the day, Japan’s Kei Nishikori came back from a set down to see off Czech 12th seed To­mas Berdych 4-6 6-2 6-1 and reach the sec­ond round.

Nishikori, who missed a large part of last sea­son with a wrist in­jury, started the sea­son in the Chal­lenger Tour events be­fore reach­ing the sec­ond round at Mi­ami.

He was play­ing close to his best ten­nis de­spite call­ing for a med­i­cal time­out for his trou­ble­some wrist.

“It’s not great but first match on clay, you know, I’m ex­pect­ing lit­tle sore­ness,” Nishikori said.

No­vak Djokovic

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