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Djokovic plays down injury fears, back for Madrid

(Reuters) - Novak Djokovic has played down fears he will miss this year's French Open, saying the wrist injury he sustained at the Monte Carlo Masters last week is not as serious as first feared. The Serb, second in the world rankings behind Rafael Nadal, said on his website (www.novakdjokovic.com) that he hoped to be fit to play in the Madrid Masters which starts on May 4. "Fortunately, the situation with the injury is better than it first seemed," Djokovic, who was beaten by Roger Federer in Monte Carlo, said on Tuesday.

Tennis: I don't know when I'll be back, says injury-hit Djokovic

Novak Djokovic admitted he has no idea when he will play again after a right wrist injury contributed to his 7-5, 6-2 Monte Carlo Masters semi-final loss to Roger Federer on Saturday. World number two and defending champion Djokovic, who played with a brace on his wrist, revealed that he suffered pain in his wrist all week. But with the French Open just five weeks away, and his next scheduled event the Madrid Masters in a fortnight, timing is everything for the Serb who won the 2013 Monte Carlo title against Rafael Nadal.

Federer ousts ailing Djokovic in Monaco semis

MONTE CARLO (Reuters) - Roger Federer beat an injured Novak Djokovic 7-5 6-2 to set up an all-Swiss Monte Carlo Masters final with Stanislas Wawrinka after the Australian Open champion ousted David Ferrer 6-1 7-6 (3) on Saturday. Holder Djokovic resisted for one set before pain in his right wrist was just too much to bear for the second-seeded Serb who bowed out on the first match point after one hour 14 minutes.

Tennis: Federer, Wawrinka into all-Swiss Monte Carlo final

Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka eased into the Monte Carlo Masters final on Saturday, setting up the first all-Swiss title showdown in 14 years. Federer, who has never won the trophy in the principality, beat Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-2 as the defending champion and world number two struggled with a right wrist injury which limited his serving to the 150kph range. Wawrinka, the Australian Open champion, saw off David Ferrer 6-1, 7-6 (7/3), a day after the Spaniard stunned eight-time champion compatriot Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals.

Tennis: Wrist injury puts Djokovic in French Open fear

Novak Djokovic has vowed to take as much recovery time as he needs to heal the right wrist injury which contributed to his 7-5, 6-2 Monte Carlo Masters semi-final loss to Roger Federer on Saturday. But with the French Open just five weeks away, and his next scheduled event the Madrid Masters in a fortnight, timing is everything for the world number two Serb who won the 2013 Monte Carlo title against Rafael Nadal. Djokovic revealed that he played in pain all week but did not risk retiring before his semi-final for fear of what kind of a reaction it would provoke.

Tennis: Wawrinka outclasses Ferrer, into first Monte Carlo final

Stanislas Wawrinka made it into his first ever Monte Carlo Masters final with a 6-1, 7-6 (7/3) semi-final win over David Ferrer on Saturday. Ferrer had clinched his last four spot by toppling Monte Carlo master Rafael Nadal, the eight-time champion, in Thursday's quarter-final. But the Spanish sixth seed was unable to mete out the same treatment to Wawrinka, with the Australian Open champion sweeping into a one set lead before holding his nerve in the second set tie break.

Tennis: Nadal searches for fire as French Open nears

Rafael Nadal won't panic after having his cloak of claycourt invincibility ripped to shreds by David Ferrer, but admits he needs to quickly rediscover his famed Spanish fire. The world number one suffered just his third career defeat in Monte Carlo when he slumped to a shock 7-6 (7/1), 6-4 quarter-final loss to compatriot Ferrer on Friday. Nadal had won the Monte Carlo title for eight successive years from 2005 to 2012 before his run was ended in 2013 by Novak Djokovic in the final.

Djokovic to vie with Federer for spot in Monte Carlo final

International Sports Desk, Apr 18 (EFE).- Serbia's Novak Djokovic and Swiss great Roger Federer will face one other in the semifinals of the Monte Carlo Masters after each triumphed in hard-fought matches on Friday. Djokovic, ranked second in the world, needed more than two hours to defeat Spaniard Guillermo Garcia Lopez 4-6, 6-3, 6-1. Federer, meanwhile, squandered 16 break-point chances in the first set against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France and came within two points of losing the match before winning the tiebreak in the second.

Tennis: Federer battles back to reach Monte Carlo semis

Roger Federer battled back from a set down to beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 2-6, 7-6 (8/6), 6-1 and reach the Monte Carlo Masters semi-finals on Friday. Federer will face either defending champion Novak Djokovic or Guillermo Garcia-Lopez for a place in the final. dj/nr

Tennis: Nadal, Djokovic, Federer cruise in Monte Carlo

Rafael Nadal racked up his 300th career claycourt win to reach the Monte Carlo Masters quarter-finals on Thursday where he was joined by longtime rivals Novak Djokovic, the defending champion, and Roger Federer. World number one Nadal finished with an ace on match point to seal his landmark 6-1, 6-3 win over Italy's Andreas Seppi while Djokovic cruised past Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta and Federer saw off Czech Lukas Rosol.
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