Borna Coric: 'Novak Djokovic helped me a lot when I was younger'

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Thiem's solitary and most famous win over Djokovic in six previous meetings came in the French Open quarter-finals last season when he enjoyed a 7-6 6-3 6-0 win against the Serbian at Roland Garros.

The 12-time grand slam singles champion recently re-appointed coach Marian Vajda after splitting with Andre Agassi and Radek Stepanek ahead of the Monte Carlo Masters.

The start of the match went to Ćoric's quest for tactics to counter the two-time victor of Monte Carlo, where the 21-year-old player from Zagreb made too many mistakes and allowed Djokovic to break with a 4-1 advantage.

At deuce, Coric successfully overturned a call to get a break point but Djokovic saved it with an ace. No matter how good you are at something, there is always more to learn, more to improve, more to explore.so keep your head in the game.

"I made some small minor changes that actually in our world are quite significant", he said.

Djokovic was rock solid in a tie-break, though, as Coric became ragged, dumping a simple short ball into the net and firing a backhand long to gift his opponent the first set. But it took a former No.1, Novak Djokovic, more time before dispatching Borna Coric.

Djokovic has won the title twice, including when he ended Nadal's 46-match winning streak by winning the 2013 title.

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No. 6 David Goffin of Belgium needed four match points to beat qualifier Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6 (4), 7-5, while Zverev's older brother, Mischa Zverev also reached the third round by beating No. 7 Lucas Pouille 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (3).

Nadal brought up set point in the opener with a trademark, curling forehand up the line, before sealing the set with a drop shot.

Likewise, fourth seed Dimitrov found himself in a hole against local favourite Pierre-Hugues Herbert, but also managed to turn the tables to clinch a 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 win.

Nishikori is playing Monte Carlo for the first time since 2012.

Speaking about playing on clay, Coric said, as quoted by Punto de Break, 'It's surprising because when I was little, I had problems with clay.

"All I (could) do was just fight and find a way to win, how doesn't really matter".

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