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Djokovic Storms Through Opener; Berdych Beats Tursunov

Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Novak Djokovic opened his title defence at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters in emphatic style on Tuesday. The Serb blitzed past Spain’s Albert Montanes 6-1, 6-0 in just 45 minutes to reach the third round.

"For the first match on clay, it was great," said Djokovic. "I lost only one game, so there were not too many flaws in my game that I could recall. On the other side, I've had an opponent who is a specialist on this surface, but he hasn't played even close to his highest level. He was making a lot of unforced errors.

"I was just trying to use the court well, not allow him to get into a rhythm. I was changing the angles. I was coming to the net, being aggressive. Just very good first match."

The 26-year-old Djokovic lost just 10 points on serve and broke his opponent five times as he claimed his 11th successive victory on the ATP World Tour. The Belgrade native is coming off back-to-back victories at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments in Indian Wells (d. Federer) and Miami (d. Nadal) and is looking to win his fifth Masters 1000 crown in succession, having closed 2013 with titles in Shanghai and Paris. In total, he has won 18 Masters 1000 trophies.

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Djokovic ended Nadal’s eight-year reign at the Monte-Carlo Country Club last year when he lifted the trophy for the first time. He also finished runner-up in 2009 and 2012 and has a 21-6 tournament record.

Fifth seed Tomas Berdych rounded out the day’s action with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Dmitry Tursunov. Berdych rallied from a break down in both sets before claiming victory in one hour and 41 minutes.

Berdych has reached the semi-finals or better in four of his six tournaments this season, going on to lift his ninth ATP World Tour title in Rotterdam (d. Cilic). The Czech has reached the semi-finals in Monte-Carlo twice before, falling to Nadal in 2007 and Djokovic in 2012.

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