Djokovic, who has twice won the Monte Carlo title, broke back immediately before claiming victory on his 10th match point to set up a third-round clash with fifth seed Dominic Thiem. Japan's Kei Nishikori, who missed a large part of last season with a wrist injury, looked sharp as he beat Russian Daniil Medvedev 7-5 6-2 to record his sixth competitive win of the year. World No 3 Marin Cilic booked a last-16 spot with a 6-3 7-6 (4) win victory over Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco.
10-time @ROLEXMCMASTERS champion @RafaelNadal improves to 64-4 lifetime in Monte-Carlo with a 61 63 victory over Bedene. In 15 career opening round matches, Rafa has won 30 of 31 sets. Next: 2-0 vs. @karenkhachanov (d. Simon 62 62).— ATP Media Info (@ATPMediaInfo) April 18, 2018