Monte Carlo Masters: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic eye quarter-final berths

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A succession of wild backhands and a tame forehand into the net saw four more match points come and go, before Coric leveled the set at 5-5 as Djokovic blasted wide and long. Ninth seed Jakekovich now competes with Dominican Thimm of Austria.

At deuce, Coric successfully overturned a call to get a break point but Djokovic saved it with an ace.

The R16 match between Djokovic and Thiem will not start before 11 am local time, 2:30 pm IST, 10 am BST. Another ace made it No. 8, but Djokovic's tame forehand allowed Coric an easy forehand victor.

Two-time Monte Carlo victor Djokovic said that he has gained power since changing to a lighter racquet to try and take pressure off his troublesome elbow.

"You can see he has to make the point shorter because he is not as young anymore".

Djokovic hugged Coric at the net and then patted his opponent on the cheek. "I'll know more in the (coming) days".

Nadal will face Austrian Dominic Thiem, who beat Novak Djokovic, for a place in Saturday's semi-finals.

The 12-time Grand Slam champion was playing in only his fourth tournament since last year's Wimbledon, after losing his opening matches at both Indian Wells and Miami to Taro Daniel and Benoit Paire respectively. Nadal has won the title 10 times.

"I was just a little bit rusty, I haven't played a match in about three weeks", said Dimitrov.

"It wasn't easy, but I found my rhythm in the second and third sets", he said.

"I've done, with people around me, everything in our power to get my elbow in the best possible shape".

Djokovic was once Nadal's nemesis, even on clay. The top-ranked Spaniard next faces big-serving Russian Karen Khachanov. Nadal has split his last six quarterfinal appearances. Djokovic, the Rank 13th player of the world, has won the title in 2013 and 2015. They are on course to meet in the quarterfinals, but Djokovic isn't getting ahead of himself.

The Serbian showed signs of promise as he continues his comeback from an elbow injury, but he let a one-set lead slip and Thiem fought back to claim a 6-7 (2-7) 6-2 6-3 win.

Thiem was the victor when they met in the quarter-finals of the Internazionali d'Italia and he will be hoping to channel that display and overcome the "King of Clay" as he attempts to secure a first ATP Masters 1000 title.

"It's disrespectful towards Dominic and Dominic's tennis..."

Roberto Bautista Agut was not happy after dropping his serve in the second set against David Goffin and he hit a ball into the ground in frustration, unknowingly sending it into the direction of a ball boy.

Gasquet, 31, earned his 500th Tour victory with a 6-2 7-5 win.

Nadal is continuing his return from a hip problem that forced him to retire from his Australian Open match against Marin Čilićin January.

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