Later in the match he flung a racquet into the crowd when he was unable to reach a shot.
Having enjoyed a bye into the second round, Novak Djokovic started his campaign in Monte Carlo with a three-set win over Philipp Kohlschreiber. "If he won this match, it wouldn't be undeserved", Djokovic said.
The victor of the last three Grand Slams made eight double faults, dropped serve four times and smashed a racquet after losing the second set to his German opponent in the second-round encounter.
Despite an underwhelming display in his opener, Djokovic was happy to get past Kohlschreiber - who registered a shock triumph over the Serb at Indian Wells - and hoped to build on his first appearance on clay in 2019.
"He played well, but a win is a win".
Meanwhile, Dimitrov has a mountainous task ahead as he's scheduled to lock horns with Rafael Nadal, who demonstrated his clay-court prowess by crushing Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1 6-1 in his opening game.
Third seed Zverev, who lives in Monte Carlo, reached the semi-finals of his "home" event a year ago, but has endured a hard 2019 season.Читайте также: United Kingdom breaks low unemployment record since 1975
"I m really ready for the clay season". The Croatian was joined by the eighth seed Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation, who was defeated by Italian Lorenzo Sonego 7-6 (4), 6-4.
His serve was still giving cause for concern, under 50 percent, but with his attacking mind-set, he was able to apply pressure to the Zverev serve, and made the break again, only to face two break-back points. It all amounted to the Canadian becoming the first player born in the 2000s to break into the top 50, and his all-round attacking game and mature outlook on and off court had certainly caught the public eye.
Yes, it's the time of year when Rafael Nadal enters his pomp, drawing strength from the red clay as if it were an electric charging pad.
He described the performance as "rusty" after the match, and he'll certainly need to sharpen up his play and composure for the next round. "It was not the prettiest of matches", Djokovic, who record his 850th tour-level win, said.
Another notable name followed Cilic and Tsonga in crashing out, as eighth seed Karen Khachanov was beaten by qualifier Lorenzo Sonego in straight sets.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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