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Novak Djokovic vs. Pablo Carreno Busta: Score, Recap from Monte-Carlo Masters

Novak Djokovic of Serbia serves the ball to Albert Montanes of Spain during their match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
Michel Euler
Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 17, 2014

Novak Djokovic had few problems in the third round of the Monte-Carlo Masters, advancing against Pablo Carreno Busta with a 6-0, 6-1 victory.     

The Serbian star won 72 percent of total points in the match and never faced a break point. He even won all nine of his second-serve points.

Things got ugly pretty quickly as Carreno Busta could not avoid a bagel in the first set. Tennis TV provided the statistics that show the complete dominance:

By this point, former player Andrew Castle had to remind people that this is more about the skill of Djokovic than anything else:

The favorite cruised into the second set with the same type of dominance as the match was rarely in doubt. In fact, Carreno Busta had an interesting celebration when he won his first and only game:

This, of course, did not truly make a dent as Djokovic was able to complete the win in just 47 minutes. Even more impressive, he did this all on an injured wrist, according to Tennis.com:

However, it has not seemed to affect the talented player just yet as he cruised to yet another easy victory.

Djokovic advances to the quarterfinals and will face the winner of Tomas Berdych and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. Based on how he has played in his first two matches, it is hard to imagine him getting into too much trouble on his way to the semifinals and beyond.

The No. 2 seed was nervous about beginning his clay season. However, he certainly felt better after a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Albert Montanes, telling Sky Sports, "It was my first match on this surface since Roland Garros so you never know how you're going to react and today I lost only one game so there are not too many bad things I can say about my game."

Djokovic was just as good in his second match, proving he is clearly ready to defend his title at the Monte-Carlo Masters. 

Of course, there are a number of tough challengers along the way, including Roger Federer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on his side of the bracket and obviously Rafael Nadal potentially looming in the finals.

However, Djokovic has proven that he can be just as good on clay as anyone in the world. If he continues to play at this level, there is no denying that he has the ability to beat the "King of Clay" in this prestigious tournament.   

 

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