ATP Monte Carlo: Djokovic brothers suffer heavy loss in doubles opener


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ATP Monte Carlo: Djokovic brothers suffer heavy loss in doubles opener

Serbia's Novak Djokovic and Marko Djokovic have exited the Monte Carlo Masters doubles event. The Djokovic brothers stood no chance against No. 4 seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah as the Colombians claimed a 6-1 6-3 win.

Cabal and Farah won the opening four games of the match before the Djokovics saved two break points in the fifth game to reduce the deficit to 4-1. However, that was all from the Serbian duo as Cabal and Farah claimed their third break of the match in the seventh game to claim the opener.

The Colombians saved four break points in the opening game of the second set before they claimed the lone break of the set in the eighth game. Cabal and Farah won 85 percent of their first serve points, converted 4-of-7 of their break point chances and saved 4-of-4 of the break point opportunities they faced in just 55 minutes of play.

Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov and Swiss Stan Wawrinka have also concluded their doubles campaign as they lost to sixth-seeded Henri Kontinen and John Peers 7-6 (6) 6-3. Kontinen and Peers blew an early break but saved a set point in the first set tie-break before they converted their first set point to claim a tight opener.

Kontinen and Peers also blew an early second-set break but broke Dimitrov and Wawrinka in the fifth and ninth games to seal a straight-set win. Kontinen and Peers realized 4-of-8 of their break point chances and saved 8-of-10 of Dimitrov and Wawrinka's break point opportunities in an hour and 16 minutes of action.

Germany's Alexander Zverev and Mischa Zverev will be continuing their Monte Carlo doubles campaign as they came from a set down to beat Monaco's Romain Arneodo and Hugo Nys 4-6 6-4 10-7. Arneodo and Nys broke the Zverev brothers in the seventh game of the first set and then held on to their serve to seal the opener.

Arneodo and Nys appeared to be heading towards a straight-set win but then blew a 4-2 second-set lead as the Zverevs won four games in a row to steal the set and force a decider. The Zverev brothers then finished the job in the match tie-break as they converted their first match point to claim the win.

The Zverevs won 84 percent of their first serve points, broke their opponents twice but also lost their serve twice in an hour and 13 minutes of play.