Spainish Rafael Nadal retrurn a ball to Slovak's Aljaz Bedene during the Monte-Carlo ATP Masters Series Tournament, on April 18, 2018 in Monaco. / AFP / YANN COATSALIOU
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Novak Djokovic needed 10 match points to see off Borna Coric in the Monte Carlo Masters second round Wednesday, while world No. 1 Rafael Nadal eased past Aljaz Bedene 6-1, 6-3 .The first game set the tone for the rest of the match, with 12-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic eventually holding on for the win after nine minutes of bruising baseline rallies that included a missed break point for Coric.Both players saved break points in their opening service games, but the Croatian could not fend off Djokovic for long as the two-time Monte Carlo winner moved 3-1 ahead when the 21-year-old Coric mishit a smash.But he dug deep to break back thanks to two unforced backhand errors from Djokovic.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.
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