On Tuesday afternoon, world No. 1 Novak Djokovic extended his win streak on the ATP World Tour to 13th consecutive victories to advance to the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters. He will next encounter Andreas Haider-Maurer, whom he has never faced previously on the tour.
Although he did lose his serve once in the match, Novak Djokovic still managed to put on a near flawless showing in his first clay court match of the year on the professional tour. He needed 86 minutes to get past Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-1, 6-4.
“I felt very good,” said Djokovic. “I thought, considering the amount of months that I haven’t played on the clay courts, to play against somebody that is a clay-court specialist, and win in two sets, I thought it was a very good performance. I can just take positives from today.
“Of course, the fact that I’m playing at home, in a way, because I spend a lot of time in Monte Carlo, I practise in this club over the course of 12 months, hard courts, clay courts, I know people who are doing the courts, friends with them – it really is a different and very special feeling. So I’m trying to enjoy it and see how far I can go.”
The Serbian star’s next opponent is Andreas Haider-Maurer, who upset resurgent Aussie Bernard Tomic 6-7(4),7-6(5), 7-5 in less than three hours. It was an impressive performance and could serve as a confidence booster when he crosses paths with the tournament’s top seed.
This marks the first time that Djokovic and Andreas will cross paths on the professional tour, and should make for a routine performance from the visibly peaking Djokovic. The world No. 1 on the ATP World Tour is in fantastic form and nearly unstoppable on the circuit this year. Either that sets us up for a lopsided win or an unheralded upset.
Prediction: Novak Djokovic in Straight Sets