Raonic advances, Shapovalov falls at Monte Carlo Masters

Raonic advances, Shapovalov falls at Monte Carlo Masters

World number 51 Jared Donaldson confronted an umpire after disagreeing with a call made in his first-round defeat by last-year's finalist Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

The 31-year-old had retired in the quarter-final of the Australian Open earlier this year due to injury concerns.

Djokovic had to save two break points when serving for the match, but sealed the win to stay on course for a possible quarter-final meeting with old rival Rafael Nadal.

"It's not great but, I mean, first match on clay, you know, I'm expecting (a) little soreness", said Nishikori.

Following a brief exchange, Donaldson laughed and said, "Ah, I'm sorry. I mean, I (have) played probably six, seven matches since Wimbledon previous year", said Djokovic, who next faces Borna Coric of Croatia.

Concerning his health and spontaneity in the game as he's about to return fully to action, he said: "I feel good", he said. This is my first event of the year, that I hope I can finish and I am excited about that.

However, there were shoots of life that suggested the 12-time Grand Slam champion may be on the road back to his best form.

Now, the world number one is back in Monte Carlo where he has amassed an incredible win/loss record of 63-4, winning ten titles from his 11 finals.

When it was over, Djokovic enjoyed a light and fleeting hit with his young son, Stefan, and with that the exo came to a close and the real work for the elite players resumed.

But practising in Monte Carlo yesterday, Djokovic looked a man on a mission, determined to put behind him a rocky few months and make again permanent the occasional flashes of brilliance he has shown on-court so far this year.

A 25-second shot clock is set to be used at the US Open later this year, in order to stronger enforce rules on how long a player can take between points on serve.

"I've had a very hard time in the last 12 months with the injury and everything else that's happened. In my experience, on the tennis court, the crowd gets more insane, the crowd gets more emotional and enjoys the match with more passion when you play good points".

Monte Carlo Masters - the season's first clay-court Masters 1000 tournament - kicked off Sunday, April 15, with top tennis stars from across the globe in French city Roquebrune-Cap-Martin. "Playing well below the desired level, it wasn't easy for me to cope".