World No. 2 Novak Djokovic will continue his campaign to defend his Monte Carlo title on Friday afternoon, where he is scheduled to face Guillermo Garcia-Lopez for the sixth time on the professional tour. Djokovic holds an unbeaten 5-0 streak against the Spaniard and will be looking to extend that streak further and get one step closer to defending the title.
The Serbian star’s second match was one which featured a equally dominant display as his opening match, as he breezed past lucky loser Pablo Carreno Busta 6-0, 6-1 in 47 minutes to reach the quarter-finals of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. The 26-year-old is bidding to win his fifth consecutive ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title, as he is coming off a fantastic month where he won the Indian Wells-Miami double, as well as reeling off title wins in Paris and Shanghai.
“Lost only two games in the first two matches. Can’t be better than this, for sure,” said Djokovic. “I don’t want to get carried away. I am confident on the court. I’m coming off a great American hard court season. I want to keep that going.”
Djokovic will now face Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, who he sees as a “clay court specialist,” for a place in the final four.
“Another clay court specialist, another match which I approach with an aggressive mindset in terms of game plan,” said Djokovic. “I have already great variety in the game, which is one of the key components for an optimal success on this surface. You need to be able to play equally well defensively and offensively. That’s something I was doing quite well in the first two rounds.”
World No. 38 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez rallied from a set down to upset world No. 5 Tomas Berdych 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 in a little over two hours of court time. It was the Spaniard’s eighth win in a row, as he had won his third ATP World Tour title last week in Casablanca when he defeated Granollers in the final. It appears he has managed to carry forth the momentum over the Monte Carlo Masters and will be looking to pick up his first ever victory over Djokovic.
This marks the sixth time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Djokovic holding an unbeaten 5-0 streak against the Spaniard. Two of those wins took place on clay, with the most recent one being a 6-1, 6-2 win in Madrid. Expect another quick straight sets victory for Djokovic.
Prediction: Novak Djokovic in Straight Sets