World No. 2 Novak Djokovic may have eased into the third round in Monte Carlo in under an hour, but he did reveal in the post-match press conference that he had been facing a “problem with his wrist” since last week.
“It’s an annoying pain I started feeling last week.” Djokovic said about his wrist. “Today’s very short match helped me not to strain it. I hope it will get better as the days go by”
The defending champ began his 2014 campaign for a second consecutive title win in Monte Carlo with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Albert Montanes. The Serbian star put on a dominant performance, as he lost just 10 points on serve and broke the Spaniard five times extend his winning streak to 11 straight wins.
“Considering that it was my first match played on clay since a very long time I can say that it has been amazing. I didn’t commit a lot of unforced errors, despite playing against an opponent that today wasn’t playing his best, but who is a specialist on clay. I managed to stay focused from the beginning until the end, moving him around from one side to the other of the court, always putting pressure on him”
The former world No. 1 also discussed his love for the Monte Carlo Masters, which takes place in his city of residence and “2-3 minutes away” from his house. He also mentioned that he had no issues this year transitioning from hard court to clay.
“It’s always special playing here, right in the city where I live. I know a lot of people here. My house is 2 or 3 minutes away from the club pedalling, thus I have to say that this tournament really has something more special than the others. Normally the transition between hard courts and clay is not easy, but today everything was perfect”.