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Djokovic, Sinner Into Monte Carlo Quarters As Medvedev Gets Angry

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Monte Carlo, (APP – UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 12th Apr, 2024) Novak Djokovic avenged last year’s Monte Carlo Masters loss to Lorenzo Musetti to reach the quarter-finals on Thursday with Jannik Sinner, while Daniil Medvedev launched into a furious tirade during his defeat.

World number one Djokovic made a poor start and suffered a shaky second set before coming through 7-5, 6-3 against 24th-ranked Musetti, the man who defeated him in same period 12 months ago.

“I don’t think I’m at my top level yet but it’s a good test today against a good player, a talented player,” Djokovic said.

“I’m really happy to have overcome the challenge and look forward to the next one.”

Djokovic went on to play Alex de Minaur, the 11th seed from Australia, in the last eight.

The Serbian top seed dropped serve in the opening game against Musetti before working his way back to level at 4-4, and then grabbed the set on a double fault by his opponent.

Djokovic broke twice early in the second set with either side losing on his own serve to take a 4-1 lead. Musetti got back to within a game but Djokovic broke again for 5-3 before sealing the win.

Djokovic has struggled to find his best form in recent times in Monte Carlo. He has not won the tournament since the last of his two titles in 2015, failing to advance beyond the quarter-finals in seven consecutive appearances.

Australian Open champion Sinner improved his record to 24-1 this season with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Jan-Lennard Struff.

The world number two broke at 4-4 heading into the first set and won nine of the last 11 games to sweep to victory.

Sinner awaits the winner of the match between Holger Rune and Grigor Dimitrov, who only completed their second-round matches earlier in the day after rain brought an early end to play on Wednesday.

Rune defeated Sinner in the semi-finals last year before finishing runner-up to Andrey Rublev.

Medvedev lost the officiating for the second day in a row when he was defeated by Karen Khachanov, 6-3, 7-5.

Medvedev was hit with a one-point penalty to start the final game after taunting chair umpire Carlos Bernardes and then getting involved in a heated discussion with the tournament supervisor.

The world number four was cautioned after dropping his racket when he lost his service game and left Khachanov one game away from victory.

Medvedev, who issued two line calls in his second-round win on Wednesday, felt aggrieved when a Khachanov forehand went uncalled during a rally that resulted in the latter earning two break points in 5-5.

The physio’s arrival to treat a bleeding finger at the next change put Medvedev on edge, with the Russian shouting “did I ask the physio!” to the umpire.

– ‘Open your eyes’ –

Then he asked the supervisor “who is responsible?” for decisions.

Television replays showed that the shot in question from Khachanov landed wide of the court.

“This is the second day in a row. Guys, open your eyes. Do something. This is it,” angry Medvedev.

“The mark is gone. They don’t know how to referee anymore. Who will act?

“Yesterday the ball was out, it was called. Who will act. This ball is out. Who will take responsibility? It is not my responsibility to referee the matches.

“This guy with glasses (the line judge). He doesn’t need glasses because he doesn’t see anything. He doesn’t deserve to be a referee.”

Khachanov’s reward is Friday’s quarter-final against Stefanos Tsitsipas, who beat fifth seed Alexander Zverev 7-5, 7-6 (7/3).

De Minaur entered the last eight with a 6-3, 6-4 win over fellow Australian Alexei Popyrin.

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