In a first-time face-off, world No. 1 Novak Djokovic defeated Taylor Fritz to cruise to the quarterfinals of ATP Masters 1000. Djokovic achieved this feat for the first time in two years. The former Monte Carlo winner, Djokovic, wrapped up the encounter in straight sets 6-3, 6-0 within just 68 minutes.
Fritz converted one and created two break points, but that was never enough for a more favourable result, dropping almost 60 % of the points behind the primary shots and getting broken six times in a row to propel Djokovic into the last eight without spending too much time on the court.
From the very beginning of the match, Djokovic took the game on his head as he played his shots more effectively, staying on 12 errors while the American made 30 which forced him to fall behind in the contest to end his journey in the third round.
The youngster gave away an easy forehand from Djokovic, failing 5-2 behind in the first set. In a sudden turn of the match, Taylor pulled one break point but that was all he showed in the opening set, spraying another forehand error in game nine to hand the opener to Djokovic.
Fritz lost the second game after double faults and wasted three game points at 0-3 to offer another break to Djokovic who moved over the top with another deep return in game six, staying on the course for the third Monte Carlo title.
The Serbian maintained his domination throughout the match. He served well and secured three breaks to cruise to easy straight sets win.
While he would have been content with his performance until now, his happiness was short-lived when he met Russia'sDaniil Medvedev in the quarterfinals.
Medvedev beat Djokovic 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 and moved to the semis where he will be up against another Serbian, Dusan Lajovic. Lajovic defeated 23-year-old Italian Lorenzo Sonego in straight sets 6-4, 7-5.
As for Djokovic, he would have to rethink about his performances. Prior to this tournament, the Serbian hadn't made a quarter-final appearance at the ATP Masters 1000 event in the last two years. His consecutive failures may cost him his ranking.
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