Monte Carlo Masters – Round of 16 Report

#1 seeded Novak Djokovic and #2 seeded Rafael Nadal record easy wins to move to Quarterfinals. However, the other seeded players around them just fall apart. The next best seeded player after those two now to play quarter finals is #9 seeded Borna Coric.

#3 seeded Zverev and #4 seeded Thiem are the big name eliminations including #6 seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas. Last round wonderboys Herbert and Cecchinato lose out too. Upset is the word of the day.

Dusan Lajovic is the player of the round with a win against Dominc Thiem
(c)Image from @FilaTennis

Dusan Lajovic is the player of the round. He is 48 seeded in ATP rankings and it is the first time he won against Dominic Thiem. They met five times before, each time finishing on the losing side.

Players and Key Statistics:

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One more tournament of Taylor Fritz ends in another round of 16 loss. He had not much to show this time as he was outplayed by Novak Djokovic. 9 games difference in two sets is the highest for the round of 16. Djokovic shed the scares and frustrations of the first game, by wrapping it in just over an hour. 6 double faults from Fritz helped Djokovic’s cause too. Djokovic’s 2nd return win percentage of 75% is the best record in the Round of 16. Djokovic won the game in two straight sets 6-3 | 6-0 ||

Stefanos Tsitsipas’s wonderful run of performances takes a pause at Monte Carlo. Daniil Medvedev caused the upset by eliminating another top-8 seeded player. Losing the second set did not hinder his spirit as he fought back strongly. He edged the games won by 13 to 12. Not much to chose between them with Medvedev edging out in serve wins. Medvedev won the game 6-1 | 1-6 | 6-4 ||

Dusan Lajovic caused another upset. Number 4 seeded Dominic Thiem it is now in two straight sets. 52% first return percentage is the best recorded in the round of 16. He was wonderful in the returns and winning and defending break points. Lajovic won the game 6-3 | 6-3 ||

Lorenzo Sonego extends his wonderful run this Monte-Carlo Masters season. First qualifying, then beating #8 seeded Karen Khachanov and now Cameron Norrie, he would hope his run just keep going. 88% of first serve wins and 55% 1st return wins, he took the game into control with first serve’s contributing to approx. 60% of the points played. Sonego won the game in two sets 6-2 | 7-5 ||

No.9 seeded Borna Coric still just manages to stay in the tournament when all the seeded players above him lose out. This time beating the golden boy Pierre-Hugues Herbert, who defeated the #5 seeded Kei Nishikori in his last game. Herbert continued to do well with his aces though, with good focus, it could be his strongest suit. The match, however belonged to Coric. As good as his aces were, Herbert’s serves faltered with more than 50% of serves going to 2nd serve. Coric won the game in two sets 6-4 | 6-2 ||

Talking of upsets, Fablo Fognini delivers one him. This time it is the best seeded player, outside top 3. Alexandar Zverev so strong on his serves faltered horribly in his returns. Just 29% return win percentage will never be good, even if one is capable of delivering 6 aces. Fognini won the game 7-6 | 6-1 ||

After Cecchinato’s magical comeback win against Wawrinka didn’t not take anything away for him. The energy that would burn out could alternatively generate the adrenaline, even though scientifically untrue. After losing the first set one more time, he fought back again to win the second game. He fought until 5-4 in the last set but the last game was just an icing for Guido Pella. They played for more than 2 hours, the longest they played in the round of 16. Guido Pella won the game 6-4 | 4-6 | 6-4 ||

Rafael Nadal fought it tough going the first set. Grigor Dimitrov threw everything of him into that first set only to mess it up with a rouge shot. From 4-1, he went to level at 4-4 but since it was all Rafael Nadal again. The 11-time champion reaches his 15th Quarterfinals at Monte Carlo. Nadal won the game 6-4 | 6-1 ||

(c) Underlying stats courtesy atptour.com

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