Djokovic advances in Monte Carlo

Novak Djokovic fought back from a set down to score an emotional victory over Ukraine’s Alexander Dolgopolov and reach the quarter-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters.

Novak Djokovic fought back from a set down to score an emotional victory over Ukraine’s Alexander Dolgopolov and reach the quarter-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters.

The world number one took to the court after learning his grandfather had died - and he looked affected by the news in the first set as the 16th seed broke his illustrious opponent twice.

But Djokovic rallied superbly, racing through the second set 6-1 and – after a rain delay at 1-1 in the decider, returning to the court to wrap up a 2-6 6-1 6-4 victory in one hour and 39 minutes.

Djokovic was joined in the last eight by Rafael Nadal, whose injury problems looked to be sidelined as he needed exactly an hour to dispose of Kazakh qualifier Mikhail Kukushkin 6-1 6-1.

Nadal, who is bidding for an unprecedented eighth straight title at the event to snap a titleless streak leading back to last year’s French Open, next faces Stanislas Wawrinka, who beat Nicolas Almagro 6-3 6-3.

Andy Murray secured his place in the last eight when opponent Julien Benneteau was forced to retire hurt at 6-5 down in the first set, having suffered ankle and wrist injuries during a heavy fall in the 11th game.

Murray will now face Tomas Berdych in the last eight, after the Czech sixth seed survived a stern test of his credentials from Kei Nishikori before dispatching the Japanese player 2-6 6-2 6-4.

Fourth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 7-6 (9-7) 6-2 and will face fellow Frenchman Gilles Simon in the last eight after the ninth seed beat Serbia’s Janko Tipsarevic 6-0 4-6 6-1.

More in this section

Sport
Newsletter

Latest news from the world of sport, along with the best in opinion from our outstanding team of sports writers

Sign up
IE_logo_newsletters

Select your favourite newsletters and get the best of Irish Examiner delivered to your inbox