Djokovic struggles to beat Coric in 2nd round

Roquebrune Cap Martin (France), April 18: Two-time Monte Carlo Masters champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia struggled to beat Borna Coric of Croatia, but ultimately triumphed 7-6 (2), 7-5 in the Monte-Carlo tennis tournament’s second round on Wednesday. The ninth-seeded Serbian victor, World No. 13, needed two hours and 16 minutes to defeat Coric, world No.39, and advance to the round of 16, his second career win over Coric, reports Efe. Meanwhile Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain and Kei Nishikori of Japan also advanced in the next round of the competition on Wednesday. Bautista Agut, World No. 16, took one hour and 37 minutes to prevail over his compatriot Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 7-6 (5), reported Efe. World No. 36 Nishikori needed one hour and 40 minutes to beat Daniil Medvedev of Russia 7-5, 6-2. (IANS)