Article

Unconvincing Djokovic battles past spirited Carreno Busta

20 April 2017 20:53

Novak Djokovic dug deep to reach the quarter-finals of the Monte-Carlo Masters after Pablo Carreno Busta mounted a storming fightback.

Djokovic was in danger of following Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka out of the tournament on a day of shocks in the principality, but the second seed prevailed 6-2 4-6 6-4.

The 12-time grand slam champion was made to work for his second-round victory over Gilles Simon and the spirited 13th seed Carreno Busta pushed him all the way on Thursday in a match that swung one way and then the other.

World number two Djokovic, a two-time winner of the clay-court tournament, fell away in the second set and saved two break points at 4-4 in the decider, but got the job done on Court Rainier III to set up a meeting with David Goffin.

Two double faults in the first game put Djokovic in trouble, but he saved three break points and took the upper hand after a slow start to lead 4-2 courtesy of a sumptuous backhand drop shot.

The Serb looked in the mood, piling the pressure on his opponent and duly wrapping up the opening set when the underdog sent a backhand into the tramlines.

Djokovic had won six games in a row when Carreno Busta sent a forehand long to go 2-0 down in the second set, but the Spaniard showed great character to battle his way back into the match as the favourite lost his way.

A flat Djokovic complained about the sun being in his eyes and looked distracted, while Carreno Busta shifted the momentum in his favour, winning five games in a row before levelling the contest following a tentative shot from the French Open champion.

Djokovic's aggressive approach paid off when he showed the hallmark of a champion to dig himself out of a hole at 15-40 down with the pair were locked at 4-4 in the decider and broke to finally see off Carreno Busta with a forehand volley.

Latest news

27 April 2018

 07:28
 07:00
 06:45
 06:29
 06:23
 06:16
 06:05
 05:31
 05:12
 05:07
 05:00
 04:29
 04:01
 03:36
 03:29
 03:16
 02:58
 02:42
 02:25
 02:17
 01:38
 01:37
 01:25
 01:22
 00:54
 00:42
 00:30
 00:18

26 April 2018

 23:55
 23:52
 23:48
 23:39
 23:23
 23:16
 23:01
 23:00
 22:34
 22:21
 21:54
 21:38
 21:13
 21:11
 21:04
 20:58
 20:40
 20:24
 20:22
 19:54
 18:01
 17:54
 17:40
 17:35
 17:18
 16:54
 16:36
 15:55
 15:52
 15:51
 15:35
 15:09
 15:08
 14:45
 14:31
 13:59
 13:34
 13:13
 13:05
 12:14
 11:58
 11:25