There were no shocks in the second round of the ATP Monte Carlo tournament as all three top seeds breezed in to the third round.

Rafael Nadal, eight time champion of ATP Monte Carlo continued his comeback from injury by crushing Marinko Matosevic 6-1 6-2. 

Andy Murray also got an easy win over Frenchman Eduardo Roger-Vasselin in a match he controlled from the first point. He won the first set 6-1 untroubled and even though Vasselin came back and gave Murray more of a fight in the second set it was an unthreatened victory for the Scot in the end as he sealed it 6-1 6-4.

World no. 1 Novak Djokovic whom suffered an ankle injury in the Davis Cup two weeks ago was off to a rough start as he lost the first set 6-4 to Russian and former top 10 ranked Michail Youzhny. 

Djokovic was not playing his best tennis during this match suggesting he has yet to fully recover from the injury.

Djokovic came back in the second set to win 6-1 and then got the crucial break of serve at 4-4 in the third set and managed to serve it out in the following game to advance into the third round, 6-4 1-6 4-6. He will now face Juan Monaco but he will have to elevate his performance if he wants to win that match more comfortable.

While all the top three seeds advanced, some of the other top seeds did not. Big serving Milos Raonic went down in favour of Jarko Nieminen from Finland who played a tactically perfect match before eventually winning it in a third set tiebreaker.

In addition, Nicolas Almagro surprisingly lost in straight sets to Jurgen Melzer from Austria, 6-4 6-2. Melzer played the serve and volley tactic throughout the whole game and it proved to be highly effective. 


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