Novak Djokovic recalls: 'I went for a winner from every position, and you can not..'

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Novak Djokovic recalls: 'I went for a winner from every position, and you can not..'

Novak Djokovic entered the 2007 Monte Carlo Masters 1000 event as world no. 7 following a great run in Indian Wells and Miami. Novak kicked off the tournament with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 triumph over a former Roland Garros winner Gaston Gaudio in an hour and 42 minutes on Court Central.

Djokovic could not find the first serve, and he got broken four times. Novak erased that deficit with a notable performance on the return, taking 55% of the points in Gaudio's games and breaking the Argentine seven times from 15 opportunities.

The Serb grabbed a break in the second game and increased the advantage with another that sent him 4-0 in front.

Novak Djokovic defeated Gaston Gaudio in the 2007 Monte Carlo second round.

Gaudio erased one break in game five before getting broken again a few minutes later to send Djokovic 5-1 in front.

The Serb held in the seventh game to wrap up the opener in style. At the beginning of the second set, the rivals traded breaks, and Gaston grabbed another in game six to move 4-2 up. The Argentine fended off four break points in game seven to stay ahead and saved another at 5-3 to claim the set and force a decider.

Losing ground in those moments, Novak faced a break point at the beginning of the final set. Still, he shifted into a higher gear and raced into a 5-0 advantage after a dominant performance on serve and return. Djokovic held in game seven to bring the victory home and advance into the third round.

"It was a difficult match, playing on clay for the first time this season. I have to be focused and find the right balance on clay; I hope it will come with more matches. It was essential to deliver a hold at the beginning of the decider, taking the momentum from my rival.

Gaudio prefers to play on the slowest surface, and I knew I had to stay in touch in the early stages of the third set. I did that, and the rest was a routine for me. I played with a lot of confidence and brought the match home.

I was impatient today, especially in the second set. I was looking for winners from every position on the court; you can't do that on clay. I'm still trying to get used to the surface, and I hope for a better match in the next round.

Gaston won the Roland Garros title a couple of years ago, and he is always dangerous on clay, despite the lack of form. I knew I had to dictate the pace and control the rallies against him," Novak Djokovic said.