Novak Djokovic bows out in Monte Carlo, Rafael Nadal progresses
Dominic Thiem v Novak Djokovic 6-7(2) 6-2 6-3

Novak Djokovic bows out in Monte Carlo, Rafael Nadal progresses

Novak Djokovic missed out on a Monte Carlo Masters quarter-final with Rafael Nadal after falling to Dominic Thiem in the third round.

The former world number one was pegged back after winning a first set tie-break, eventually succumbing 6-7(2) 6-2 6-3.

Djokovic had earlier declared he was pain-free after two years battling a persistent elbow injury, but his latest outing showed he still has some rebuilding to do before he can be seriously considered as a Grand Slam contender again.

The Serb’s backhand faltered at crucial moments as Thiem chalked up back-to-back victories over him following their French Open quarter-final last year.

Thiem’s reward is a last-eight meeting with Nadal, who tore through Russia’s Karen Khachanov 6-3 6-2.

Nadal is making his return in Monte Carlo from a hip injury that saw him retire from the Australian Open. He will begin his bid an 11th French Open crown in May.

Third seed Alexander Zverev overcame a mid-match blip to beat fellow German Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4 4-6 6-4, but was denied a quarter-final meeting with his older brother Mischa, who lost 6-2 7-5 to Frenchman Richard Gasquet.

World number three Marin Cilic progressed without hitting a ball after his opponent Milos Raonic withdrew due to a knee injury.

The Australian Open runner-up next plays Japan's Kei Nishikori, who beat Italian Andreas Seppi 6-0 2-6 6-3.

Related news

Roger Federer stays alive with comfortable win over Dominic Thiem

Roger Federer stays alive with comfortable win over Dominic Thiem

Roger Federer is still live at the ATP World Tour Finals thanks to a comfortable 6-2, 6-3 victory over an out-of-sorts Dominic Thiem on Tuesday.

Kevin Anderson crushes Kei Nishikori in ATP Finals

Kevin Anderson crushes Kei Nishikori in ATP Finals

South Africa's Kevin Anderson enjoyed a shockingly comfortable win over Kei Nishikori at the ATP Finals, beating Kei Nishikori 6-0, 6-1.

Novak Djokovic opens ATP World Tour Finals campaign by trouncing Isner

Novak Djokovic opens ATP World Tour Finals campaign by trouncing Isner

Five-time ATP Finals champion Novak Djokovic began his quest for a record-equalling title by handing out a comprehensive beating to John Isner, 6-4, 6-3.

Tie-breaks give Alexander Zverev opening win over Marin Cilic at ATP World Tour Finals

Tie-breaks give Alexander Zverev opening win over Marin Cilic at ATP World Tour Finals

Alexander Zverev got off to a winning start in the ATP World Tour Finals with a 7-6(5) 7-6 (1) victory over Marin Cilic at the O2 in London.

Roger Federer stunned by Kei Nishikori in straight sets

Roger Federer stunned by Kei Nishikori in straight sets

Roger Federer's hopes of winning a record-extending seventh ATP Finals title suffered a blow as Kei Nishikori stunned the Swiss great 7-6(4) 6-3 in their round-robin opener on Sunday.

Kevin Anderson downs Dominic Thiem after marathon tie-break

Kevin Anderson downs Dominic Thiem after marathon tie-break

Kevin Anderson beat Dominic Thiem in straight sets in the opening match of the ATP Finals in London, securing the win following a marathon tie-break.

Injured Nadal withdraws from World Tour Finals in London

Injured Nadal withdraws from World Tour Finals in London

The 32-year-old took to social media to announce that ongoing abdominal and ankle injuries have brought his season to an end.

Karen Khachanov stuns Novak Djokovic to win Paris Masters

Karen Khachanov stuns Novak Djokovic to win Paris Masters

Karen Khachanov produced the performance of his career so far as he shocked Novak Djokovic 7-5 6-4 to triumph at the Paris Masters.

Djokovic beats Federer to reach Paris final, extends winning run to 22 matches

Djokovic beats Federer to reach Paris final, extends winning run to 22 matches

Novak Djokovic ruined Roger Federer's ambitions of a 100th career title as he outlasted his great adversary 7-6(6) 5-7 7-6(3) in an epic Paris Masters semi-final that stretched his remarkable unbeaten run to 22 matches on Saturday.

RELATED NEWS

Roger Federer stays alive with comfortable win over Dominic Thiem
Roger Federer v Dominic Thiem 6-2 6-3

Roger Federer stays alive with comfortable win over Dominic Thiem

Roger Federer is still live at the ATP World Tour Finals thanks to a comfortable 6-2, 6-3 victory over an out-of-sorts Dominic Thiem on Tuesday.

Kevin Anderson crushes Kei Nishikori in ATP Finals
Kevin Anderson v Kei Nishikori 6-0 6-1

Kevin Anderson crushes Kei Nishikori in ATP Finals

South Africa's Kevin Anderson enjoyed a shockingly comfortable win over Kei Nishikori at the ATP Finals, beating Kei Nishikori 6-0, 6-1.

Novak Djokovic opens ATP World Tour Finals campaign by trouncing Isner
Novak Djokovic v John Isner 6-4, 6-3

Novak Djokovic opens ATP World Tour Finals campaign by trouncing Isner

Five-time ATP Finals champion Novak Djokovic began his quest for a record-equalling title by handing out a comprehensive beating to John Isner, 6-4, 6-3.

Tie-breaks give Alexander Zverev opening win over Marin Cilic at ATP World Tour Finals
Alexander Zverev v Marin Cilic 7-6(5) 7-6 (1)

Tie-breaks give Alexander Zverev opening win over Marin Cilic at ATP World Tour Finals

Alexander Zverev got off to a winning start in the ATP World Tour Finals with a 7-6(5) 7-6 (1) victory over Marin Cilic at the O2 in London.

Roger Federer stunned by Kei Nishikori in straight sets
Kei Nishikori v Roger Federer 7-6(4) 6-3

Roger Federer stunned by Kei Nishikori in straight sets

Roger Federer's hopes of winning a record-extending seventh ATP Finals title suffered a blow as Kei Nishikori stunned the Swiss great 7-6(4) 6-3 in their round-robin opener on Sunday.

Kevin Anderson downs Dominic Thiem after marathon tie-break
Kevin Anderson v Dominic Thiem

Kevin Anderson downs Dominic Thiem after marathon tie-break

Kevin Anderson beat Dominic Thiem in straight sets in the opening match of the ATP Finals in London, securing the win following a marathon tie-break.

Injured Nadal withdraws from World Tour Finals in London
ATP World Tour Finals

Injured Nadal withdraws from World Tour Finals in London

The 32-year-old took to social media to announce that ongoing abdominal and ankle injuries have brought his season to an end.

Karen Khachanov stuns Novak Djokovic to win Paris Masters
Karen Khachanov v Novak Djokovic 7-5 6-4

Karen Khachanov stuns Novak Djokovic to win Paris Masters

Karen Khachanov produced the performance of his career so far as he shocked Novak Djokovic 7-5 6-4 to triumph at the Paris Masters.

Djokovic beats Federer to reach Paris final, extends winning run to 22 matches
Novak Djokovic v Roger Federer 7-6(6) 5-7 7-6(3)

Djokovic beats Federer to reach Paris final, extends winning run to 22 matches

Novak Djokovic ruined Roger Federer's ambitions of a 100th career title as he outlasted his great adversary 7-6(6) 5-7 7-6(3) in an epic Paris Masters semi-final that stretched his remarkable unbeaten run to 22 matches on Saturday.