Djokovic through in Monte Carlo after Simon scare

After the conclusion of the 2017 Miami Open and Roger Federer's triumph/continued surprise domination of the year so far, the worldwide tennis world's focus will shift to Europe and the clay courts for the time being.

Meanwhile, Djokovic showed good form in Davis Cup action last weekend, leading Serbia into the semi-finals. "I haven't been there enough to feel very comfortable".

"After I was 6-3, 2-1 up, I felt like I had the control of the match, but since then I started to make some unforced errors", commented Djokovic. It's home here. I spend a lot of time on these courts.

"It's normal for an athlete to go through [injury] ups and downs", said Djokovic, 29. "That's how I've got to approach it". "Of course, I would have preferred to do better at 5-4".

"All of my thoughts next week will be on this event, I won it in 2013 and 2015".

"It was very tiring for me, the first clay of the season, but this is the start of the Roland Garros build-up".

Federer is the in-form man on tour at the moment, but the victor of three titles already this season is skipping the clay-court season curtain-raiser.

Also read: Rafael Nadal looking to get back into the top four. He then advanced to the finals at both the Sofia and Rotterdam Open.

World number two Novak Djokovic has had an uncharacteristic start to the 2017 season. I'm happy with how I'm playing. "But I've been working very hard the past three or four months and now it's paying off".

"I am excited to be here".

Nick Kyrgios maybe missing but Alexander Zverev will be continuing his progression and hoping to further impress, while clay court specialists from southern Europe and Latin America will descend on the French Riviera.

France's Richard Gasquet is still recovering after appendix surgery.

Novak Djokovic's struggled continued Tuesday in Monte Carlo.

The Czech star lost the opening set 6-4 to Kuznetsov, suggesting that his participation at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament would be a brief one.

However, a determined Simon fought back after being broken early in the second set to go on to win 6-3.

"To win on US soil", Johnson said, "and win when you're not feeling great is a testament to my willpower and competitiveness". There are at least three balls in this rally that should've had a way more heat on them-not least Simon's sheepish treatment of that first short ball-but the point keeps going and going, because the ball always waits a little longer for you on clay, because neither had the appetite for a risky victor, because these guys can always get a solid racket on the ball. "But every day I was building up". Who did I lose to?

  • Julie Sanders