Dimitrov, Thiem survive early scares in Monte Carlo

Dimitrov through in Monte Carlo

He will play his first quarter-final in Monaco tomorrow-on his 21st birthday-against Richard Gasquet, who had his own princely moment on the aptly named Court des Princes.

"I had to fight from the first to the last point, which of course I did well".

"I made some small minor changes that actually in our world are quite significant", he said. "Okay I'm playing well now but that doesn't mean I'm going to be in the top-10 in a few months", he says.

The Austrian will now face world No 1 Rafael Nadal, meaning Djokovic has not now played the Spaniard since May past year. But every match here in Monte-Carlo had some periods of brilliance and the tennis that I really enjoyed, I wanted to play.

Djokovic was taking charge in rallies, blistering a forehand victor to consolidate for 4-1.

Russian Khachanov cruised past Gilles Simon 6-2, 6-2, while last year's runner-up Albert Ramos-Vinolas slumped to a 6-4, 6-2 defeat by Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates winning his second round match against Slovenia's Aljaz Bedene.

He did not appear hindered on court against Coric and he started the more sprightly, seizing the break of serve with the contest four games old.

Thiem has reached the French Open semifinals for the past two years.

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And Herbert, the world number 82, wrapped up the opening set with another break as Dimitrov mishit a forehand into the stands.

The Austrian broke for a 3-2 lead at the third attempt and then secured the crucial double break for 5-2 before producing a strong service game to win the second set.

"He serves big and has big shots from the baseline", said Nadal, who beat Khachanov in the third round at Wimbledon previous year.

"That's why I love the new team, I'm not saying I'm always right, but I want to speak and I want to know, okay if you want to do something different than me, which is perfectly fine, but just to explain and just to talk, so that's how we work", says Coric.

Alexander Zverev was similarly unimpressed by the location of the sponsored padding during his 6-4 4-6 6-4 triumph over Jan-Lennard Struff, throwing it to the side and having a request for them to be moved rejected by the umpire. "So after two years, finally I can play without pain".

"It wasn't easy, but I found my rhythm in the second and third sets", he said.

No. 6 David Goffin of Belgium needed four match points to beat qualifier Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6 (4), 7-5, while Zverev's older brother, Mischa Zverev also reached the third round by beating No. 7 Lucas Pouille 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (3).

The world number 55 trailed 4-2 in the decider, but broke back immediately before clinching the tie-break when a Pouille return dropped into the base of the net.

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