Novak Djokovic rues rushing injury comeback after winning start in Monte Carlo

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Following an entertaining three months on the hard courts, it's now time for the tennis world to shift to the clay season, as numerous world's best are in Monaco for the 2018 Monte-Carlo Masters. Back to No. 1 in the world with a ton of points to defend over the next two months, Nadal hasn't played a singles tournament since the Australian Open, but after dominating Philipp Kohlschreiber and Alexander Zverev during the Davis Cup quarterfinals last week, he certainly looks ready to defend his 10 Monte-Carlo titles.

After being forced to retire from his last-eight clash with Marin Cilic in Melbourne, he briefly lost his top spot to Roger Federer.

"I personally feel, and I know that you can also see it from outside, that I'm lacking more of the match play, more of the situations of, you know, competition, playing out points in an official match", Djokovic added. He was genuinely wanting to help and to give me advice and to share his experience with me.

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Nadal will play an ATP Tour event for the first time in 2018 when he takes the court at the Monte Carlo Masters, which begins Sunday.

This will not be the first implementation of a shot clock in tennis, as it was trialled during US Open qualifying a year ago as well as the 2017 NextGen Finals in Milan and the Exhibition International Premier Tennis League.

Perhaps none of them has more to prove this week than Djokovic himself, who started his campaign with a swift 6-0, 6-1 win over Dusan Lajovic on Monday.

Thiem has reached the French Open semifinals for the past two years. "I think it needs to be slightly balanced but I think it can be good for tennis to have something like that".

"The intervention was done right, and I came back already after five weeks on the court from the moment I had the surgery".

World No.36 Nishikori upset world No.18 Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 in the tennis match that lasted one hour and 46 minutes here on Monday night, reports EFE news agency. The Spaniard was dominant past year on clay and has typically been head-and-shoulders above the rest on the surface throughout his career.

The shot clock works to enforce stronger rules on how much time the players on the court are allowed to take between serves after points, limiting it to just 25 seconds.

Japan's Kei Nishikori and Russia's Andrey Rublev have qualified for the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters round of 32. He knows me very well, so we worked on a lot of great things in the last 10 days.

But Djokovic was flawless in his hammering of Lajovic and although he and Vajda have not made a long-term commitment to working together, the 12-time grand slam champion says he is already reaping the rewards of being reunited with his former coach.