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Novak Djokovic stunned by David Goffin at Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters

21 April 2017

Overall, it was a somewhat productive week for Djokovic, who gained some rhythm and match play while appearing alright in the wake of his elbow injury that forced him out of Miami.

"It's just unfortunate I missed my chances in the beginning of the third set to go a double break up", said Djokovic who had led 4-2 in the decider. Then, there was that unfortunate game when I dropped my serve, the match turned around.

Yet Goffin, who had only previously won one set in five matches against his opponent, hung in there and broke back to level at 4-4 before claiming a major scalp when the favourite netted a backhand under huge pressure after fending off four match points. He fired a forehand victor to break Novak in the opening game and another great forehand helped him to save a break point in game 2 to confirm his lead.

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"I started slowly probably because I played two long matches (in the previous rounds)", he told atpworldtour.com.

Former world No.1 Nadal made fairly light work of his quarter-final, beating Diego Schwartzman in straight sets. The 10th-seeded Goffin kept his calm to take the first set 6-2. Goffin saved two break points in game 3, which was very important for him to avoid a further setback and to stay within one break apart. But, remained calm enough to hold serve.

After dumping out Murray in the third round the day before, the diminutive Spaniard returned to knock-out mode as he tamed Cilic to surge into the first Masters 1000 semi-final of his career.

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France's Lucas Pouille meanwhile beat Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas 6-0 3-6 7-5.

Stuttering world number one Andy Murray will attempt to get his season back on track after the Scot accepted an invitation to compete at the Barcelona Open next week.

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In later quarter-finals at the Roland Garros warm-up event second seed Djokovic faces Belgian Goffin, while Rafael Nadal continues his bid for a record 10th title at the tournament, playing Argentine Schwartzman.

Novak Djokovic stunned by David Goffin at Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters