Fifty-six minutes: just this Rafael Nadal needs to overtake Grigor Dimitrov and access the quarter-finals of the ATP Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. Fresh from the clear success against Federico Delbonis, the very Spanish champion beats Dimitrov once again and sits on the table of the quarter-finals in the Monegasque 1000 for the sixteenth consecutive time.
Record, of course. The Bulgarian is practically in time to move the zero from the game box in the two sets. Little else. Now it's Andrey Rublev's turn.
Daniel Evans sensationally defeated the seed and world no.1 Novak Djokovic.
The convictions accumulated in the opening match with Jannik Sinner completely crumble. The number one of the big group and two-time champion of the tournament is a lackluster presence on the Court Ranier III of the Monte-Carlo Country Club for just over one hundred and twenty minutes of play.
It would be enough to focus on the number forty-five next to the row of unforced errors to get an idea. In short: Evans pushes himself to 6-4 7-5 and sits on the table of the first eight in a 1000 on the clay-court obviously for the first time in his career.
Waiting for him will be David Goffin, executioner of Alexander Zverev.
ATP Monte-Carlo 2021: Djokovic out, Nadal to the quarters
Djokovic's second version in Monte-Carlo is a faded photocopy of the first. The Serbian champion loses twelve of the first seventeen points and risks even slipping to 0-4 during the inaugural fraction.
A case? Let's say no. Nole does not find sufficiently valid weapons in the heart of prolonged exchanges, she sins of naivety on the right diagonal and above all overlaps a series of disturbing unforced errors. Twenty-one in the first ten games alone.
The British tennis player interprets the challenge in a practically perfect way and lands the decisive shoulder in the ninth game. Called to serve to close, he saves himself to the advantages and takes advantage of the third useful chance.
The problems of the Serbian do not crumble even in the second fraction. Even an initial 3-0 lead turns out to be insufficient. The world number one starts shaking at 4-4 15-30 (when he needs an Evans mistake near the net to stay afloat) and breaks completely at 5-5, with a very bloody double foul on 30- 40.
The final phase was devoid of any particular surprises, with Evans crossing the most prestigious finish line in his career at the first useful opportunity. Today there will be the quarterfinals of the second ATP Masters 1000 of the season.